NI: Martin McGuinness to give evidence at inquest into 1972 killing

Martin McGuinness
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is expected to appear before a court in Belfast to give a statement on one of 56 legacy cases being reviewed by Lord Justice Weir.

Mr McGuinness has agreed to give evidence about the IRA’s activities at the time Seamus Bradley was shot by a soldier in the Creggan area of Derry in 1972.

Mr Bradley’s family has argued that the use of lethal force against Mr Bradley, then 19-years-old, was not justified as the Army knew the IRA was not active in Derry on that day.

The Historical Enquires Team (HET) ruled in 2012 that the killing was lawful.

Mr McGuinness’s solicitor, Padraig Ó Muirigh, told the court: “Martin McGuinness has instructed me that he will co-operate with the coronial process and assist the Bradley family.

“He is at the discretion of the court as to what form that assistance takes.”

Gerry Kelly MLA, a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, may be asked to give evidence at a separate inquest into the killing of Gareth O’Connor in 2003.

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