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Soldier facing prosecution over Official IRA man Joe McCann's death says 'I feel betrayed'

Joe McCann was killed in 1972 
Sally Wardle, Press Association

A former soldier who faces prosecution for allegedly murdering an Official IRA commander has said he is being treated "like a terrorist".

The 67-year-old man, known only as Soldier A, told The Sun he felt "betrayed" after being told he will be prosecuted over the death of Joe McCann.

McCann (24) who was one of the Official IRA's most prominent activists in the early days of the Troubles, was shot dead in disputed circumstances in Belfast on April 15 1972.

Soldier A is to be prosecuted for the alleged murder along with a 65-year-old man known as Soldier C.

Both are surviving members of the Parachute Regiment patrol which fired on Mr McCann, prosecutors have said.

Soldier A told The Sun: "I'm being treated like a terrorist."

He added: "I feel betrayed.

"To be told you will be charged with murder 44 years after the incident has been a shock to the system.

"Until last week I was looking forward to retiring and taking a few holidays abroad. But life's on hold now."

He added: "A letter at the time said no action would be taken."

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