Detective Chief Superintendent Claire McGuigan, Head of Legacy Investigation Branch said: “The Police Service of Northern Ireland acknowledges today’s decision by the Public Prosecution Service to prosecute four individuals in this matter.

“Following a referral from the Public Prosecution Service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Legacy Investigation Branch investigated the activities of the Military Reaction Force, on the grounds that criminal offences may have been committed following a BBC Panorama programme on the unit which resulted in the forwarding of the two files to the Public Prosecution Service for their consideration.

“We recognise that this will undoubtedly be a difficult and emotional time for all of the families involved and we are reflective of the long journey this has been for the families.  Our thoughts are with every one of those families today.  

“Given the pending prosecutions we are unable to comment further at this time.”