Soldier to face trial over 1988 McAnespie Killing

I reported last month on my Transceltic blog about renewed calls for a prosecution over the killing of GAA player Aidan McAnespie at a border crossing in Aughnacloy Co Tyrone in 1988. Now a trial is to proceed.

The British Army said that Mr McAnespie was killed when a GPMG (General Purposes Machine Gun) was accidentally fired.

However the McAnespie family have long disputed the circumstances of the killing citing the harassment that Aidan had endured from the security forces over many years.

Mr McAnespie a prominent player and member of the GAA was passing the checkpoint on his way to a GAA match at Aghaloo GAA grounds.

Reports here from Irish Times and Irish News:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/ex-british-soldier-to-be-p…

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/06/20/news/mcane…

My blog report May 2018 (link):

http://www.transceltic.com/blog/ireland-t-naiste-press-uk-mcanespie-kill…

Image: McAnespie family a long fight to get matters into Court

Bernard Moffatt

Celtic League Military Monitoring

22/06/2018

 
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