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Sinn Fein Figure Recalls 'Bloody Sunday'

Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator testified Tuesday about his role as an Irish Republican Army commander on “Bloody Sunday” in 1972, but refused to answer key questions from judges probing the mass killing by British troops. Martin McGuinness took the stand at the Guildhall in Londonderry, where three judges in 1998 began gathering evidence on why British troops fatally shot 13 Catholic demonstrators on Jan. 30, 1972. The three-judge tribunal expects to publish findings next year. McGuinness, the longtime deputy leader of the IRA-linked Sinn Fein party, reiterated his claim that he had ordered IRA units to go unarmed to the protest march, which ended with British troops charging into the area and opening fire. McGuinness was deputy commander of the IRA in Londonderry on the day of the march. British troops have maintained they shot after being fired upon, a claim the IRA denies. Full Story

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