British forces illegally detained Afghan suspect, court of appeal rules – The Guardian

‘An Afghan suspect was detained illegally by British forces for almost four months and denied access to a lawyer, the court of appeal has ruled. Serdar Mohammed, who was captured by UK soldiers in April 2010, was not handed over to the Afghan security services until July that year, despite regulations requiring any transfer to take place within 96 hours. Mohammed, who was eventually released earlier this year to return to his home in Helmand province, claimed that the Afghan authorities tortured him.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2015

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MoD ‘mole’ Bettina Jordan-Barber jailed over Sun leaks – The Guardian

‘A “mole” at the Ministry of Defence who made £100,000 from leaking stories to the Sun has been jailed for 12 months, it can now be reported after verdicts were delivered in a related trial.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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Government accused of ‘stoking tensions’ against human rights lawyer pursuing British soldiers for alleged war crimes – The Independent

‘The Law Society has demanded action from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, over a string of violent threats dating back a decade against the human rights lawyer who brought cases against British soldiers over alleged brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2014

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Emily MacKenzie: The Lawfulness of Detention by British Forces in Afghanistan – Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 2nd May, the High Court held that the UK Government must pay Serdar Mohammed (SM) compensation because British troops detained him unlawfully in Afghanistan. The case raised a myriad of international law issues, which are dealt with elegantly in an extensive judgment by Mr Justice Leggatt. This post will attempt to summarise some of the key issues involved.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd June 2014

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Unlawful detention overseas: is it time to review operations? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Mohammed v Ministry of Defence and other claims raised the question of whether the UK Government had any right in law to imprison people in Afghanistan; and, if so, what was the scope of that right. The claimant was captured by UK armed forces during a military operation in Afghanistan. He was imprisoned on British military bases in Afghanistan for some time when he was transferred into the custody of the Afghan authorities. The claimant claimed that his detention by UK armed forces was unlawful (a) under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and (b) under the law of Afghanistan. The Queen’s Bench Division held that his extended detention for a total of 106 days beyond the 96 hours permitted by policy was not authorised and was contrary to both Afghan law and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th May 2014

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Marine loses appeal against murder conviction – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news by sally

‘A Royal Marine found guilty of murdering a badly injured Taliban insurgent has lost his fight to clear his name.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2014

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Judge calls for action to help soldiers sufering PTSD as he spares veteran – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge warns increasing numbers of soldiers suffering post traumatic stress disorder are coming before the courts as he says “I don’t think we give enough credit to the men who are prepared to lay down their lives on a daily basis for us.”‘

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2014

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MoD burdened by unprecedented rise in court actions, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘An unprecedented rise in court actions is placing a huge burden on the Ministry of Defence and could have the unintended consequence of leading to even more civilian casualties, according to a report by MPs.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2014

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Judge questions decision to prosecute woman over sister’s car crash death – Daily Telegraph

‘Rosie-Ann Stone is cleared of causing the death of her sister Jennie by careless driving in an accident months after their brother, Private Gregg Stone, was killed in Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2014

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Soldier jailed for killing daughter after returning from Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘A soldier who killed his 20-month-old daughter after surviving a rogue attack in Afghanistan has been jailed for six years.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2014

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Atheist Afghan man granted asylum in UK to protect him from ‘religious’ persecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2014 in Afghanistan, asylum, human rights, Islam, news by tracey

‘A young Afghan man who became an atheist after coming to Britain has been granted asylum on the grounds that the threat to his life for having no faith would amount to “religious” persecution.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2014

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Royal Marine to appeal against conviction for shooting Taliban fighter – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2014 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news by sally

‘A British marine jailed for at least 10 years after being found guilty of murdering an injured Taliban insurgent has launched a legal fight against his conviction and the length of his sentence.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2014

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Marine convicted of Afghan murder appeals to preserve anonymity – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2013 in Afghanistan, anonymity, appeals, courts martial, evidence, murder, news, video recordings by tracey

‘Lawyers for a Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan prisoner will tell appeal court judges that he and his family could face possible revenge attacks if he is named.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2013

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Guantanamo’s last UK inmate Shaker Aamer speaks from cell – BBC News

Posted November 20th, 2013 in Afghanistan, detention, media, news, terrorism by sally

“The last British resident being held in Guantanamo Bay has been broadcast speaking from his prison cell for the first time.”

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BBC News, 19th November 2013

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Royal Marines challenge naming ruling after Afghan case – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2013 in Afghanistan, anonymity, appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news by sally

“Five Royal Marines have lodged a challenge against a ruling they can be named, after one of them was convicted of the murder of an Afghan insurgent, the Judicial Office has said.”

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BBC News, 15th November 2013

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Chief of Defence can not offer clemency to marine – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2013 in Afghanistan, armed forces, murder, news, sentencing by michael

“The Chief of Defence Staff  has said he can not join calls for clemency towards the Royal Marine convicted last week of murdering a Taleban prisoner in Afghanistan.”

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BBC News, 10th November 2013

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Royal Marine found guilty of ‘executing’ Afghan insurgent – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2013 in Afghanistan, anonymity, armed forces, courts martial, execution, news, sentencing by tracey

“A Royal Marine has been found guilty of murder following the killing in cold blood of a badly wounded suspected insurgent in Afghanistan. A court martial board in Bulford, Wiltshire, acquitted two other marines of the murder of the Afghan national in Helmand province in September 2011.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2013

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Legal claims ‘could paralyse’ armed forces – BBC News

“A ‘sustained legal assault’ on British forces could have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for the safety of the nation, an influential right-leaning think tank has warned.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2013

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Court of Appeal to rule in terror house seizure case – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2013 in Afghanistan, appeals, families, housing, news, repossession, terrorism by sally

“The Court of Appeal could pave the way later for the first ever seizure of a family home as a terrorist asset.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2013

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MoD paid £3,000 compensation for Afghans killed by UK military – The Independent

Posted September 23rd, 2013 in Afghanistan, armed forces, compensation, families, news, victims by sally

“The families of almost 200 innocent victims of British military activity in Afghanistan have been compensated with barely £3,000 each, the Government has revealed.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2013

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