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Army chief Michael Jackson’s false report on Bloody Sunday

Issue No. 2206

Former head of the British Army, Sir Michael Jackson, was second in command in Derry on Bloody Sunday.

He wrote the first entirely false reports of what the soldiers did on the day.

The document claimed that British soldiers shot at gunmen and bombers.

In October 2003 he gave evidence that he could remember next to nothing about compiling the Bloody Sunday “shot list”. He said he could not explain why none of the shots described in his list appeared to conform to any actually fired.

At the inquiry into the death of Iraqi Baha Mousa which is taking place now, Jackson stressed, “It is absolutely bedrock to the British Army’s philosophy that a commanding officer is responsible for what goes on within his command.”

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