Marine Al Blackman appeals against conviction for killing Afghan – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Helmand in 2011 is appealing against his conviction and sentence.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2014

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Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo appeals against whole-life sentence – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘One of the two murderers of soldier Lee Rigby has launched an appeal against his whole-life prison term, the Judicial Office has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2014

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The Judiciary: The Third Branch of the State – Speech by Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales

Posted April 9th, 2014 in armed forces, judiciary, news, rule of law by sally

The Judiciary: The Third Branch of the State (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Gross, Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales

RCDS Lecture, 3rd April 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Jeremy Green gets life for ‘brutal’ murder of estate agent – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2014 in armed forces, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former soldier who stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s flatmate to death while holding the pair hostage has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 7th April 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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Prisoners’ Legal Aid, Malayan Killings and the Role of the Judiciary – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, a challenge to the legal aid reforms by the Howard League for Penal Reform is rejected, while campaigners seeking an inquiry into the action of British soldiers in Malaya in 1948 face similar disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the most senior judges in the UK give their views on the role of the judiciary today.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Deepcut soldier’s family allowed to seek new inquest – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2014 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“The government’s most senior legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young army recruit who died nearly 19 years ago at the notorious Deepcut barracks in Surrey to apply for a new inquest into her death.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2014

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Sikh man jailed over knife attack on former Indian general Kuldip Singh Brar – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2014 in armed forces, assault, grievous bodily harm, India, news, sentencing, Sikhism by sally

‘A Sikh man has received a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of slashing a former Indian military lieutenant general in the neck while he was on holiday in London.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2014

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No duty to investigate in respect of civilian deaths in Malaya in 1948 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 21st, 2014 in armed forces, colonies, emergency powers, human rights, inquiries, news by sally

‘After an interesting analysis of the time limits for claims under Convention in response to a claim made in relation to actions by British soldiers in Malaya in 1948, the Court of Appeal dismissed all their human rights, customary international law and Wednesbury arguments. There was no obligation in domestic law for the state to hold an inquiry into the deaths of civilians killed by British soldiers in colonial Malaya in 1948, even though the Strasbourg Court might well hold that such a duty ensued.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Al-Sweady Inquiry: Iraq unlawful killings claims dropped – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2014 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Claims that UK soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians in 2004 have not been supported by evidence heard by a public inquiry into their deaths, lawyers for their families have said.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2014

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Court of Appeal judges to rule on 1948 Malaya ‘massacre’ – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, colonies, human rights, inquiries, news, public interest by tracey

‘Court of Appeal judges are set to rule on a long-running battle for an inquiry into the 1948 killings of 24 villagers in Malaya by British troops.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2014

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Armed forces could be given immunity from human rights laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in armed forces, human rights, immunity, news, reports by tracey

‘The armed forces could be exempted from human rights laws because they are hampering British military operations in the field, Philip Hammond has said. Mr Hammond said the government is prepared to introduce new legislation to protect the army from the “encroachment” of civil litigation on the battlefield.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2014

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Armed forces bullying watchdog announced – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, complaints, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A new watchdog is to be created to investigate the way bullying and
abuse cases are dealt with in the armed forces, the defence secretary
has said.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Citizenship (Armed Forces) Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in armed forces, citizenship, legislation by tracey

Citizenship (Armed Forces) Act 2014 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Review of veterans within the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 13th, 2014 in armed forces, consultations, criminal justice, rehabilitation by tracey

‘This review aims to identify properly the reasons for ex-Service personnel ending up in the justice system and how support can be improved.’

Full consultation

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 13th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Mikaeel Kular: Warren Butler sentenced for offensive Facebook posts – BBC News

‘A soldier has been called a “disgrace” for posting offensive Facebook messages over the death of a three-year-old boy. Warren Butler, 19, from Carlisle, was handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 250 hours community service.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2014

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Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement: Army apologises as coroner finds bullying was suicide factor – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2014 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, news, rape, suicide by sally

‘Coroner urges Ministry of Defence to review care for vulnerable soldiers after ruling that bullying and “lingering” mental effects of alleged rape were factors in suicide of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2014

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Soldier jailed for brutally kicking injured cat to death – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2014 in animal cruelty, armed forces, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former soldier has been jailed for 18 weeks after he savagely kicked an injured cat to death in the middle of the street.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2014

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Regina v Price and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, duty of care, law reports, negligence, standards by sally

Regina v Price and another [2014] EWCA Crim 229; [2013] WLR (D) 86

‘The standard of care required to avoid the service offence of negligent performance of a duty, contrary to section 15(2) of the Armed Forces Act 2006, was to be measured against the standard to be expected of the reasonable serviceman having similar training, knowledge and experience as the accused. A subjective consideration of a defendant’s skills or weaknesses had no place in the objective judgment whether the defendant had reached the appropriate standard of care.’

WLR Daily, 21st February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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New evidence delays coroner’s ruling on death of soldier who said she was raped – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2014 in armed forces, disclosure, evidence, inquests, news, rape by sally

‘A coroner’s ruling into the death of a soldier who said she had been raped and bullied has been unexpectedly delayed after lawyers for the military revealed they had uncovered new documents, including a reference to a diary and mobile phones the woman’s family say were never passed to them.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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