Bloody Sunday families to get national compensation
AFPBELFAST--The families of 13 people killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on Bloody Sunday have been offered 50,000 pounds (US$77,500) each.
February 16, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972 in one of the darkest chapters in the three decades of sectarian unrest in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.
Thirteen others seriously injured have also been offered 50,000 pounds each as part of a total compensation package from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth around 1.3 million pounds.
Lawyers for the victims and their families and for the MoD have held months of discussions about the compensation levels.
The move comes three years after a landmark inquiry into the shootings found that the British army had fired first and without provocation.