Transgender woman facing military service as a man can stay in UK – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2016 in armed forces, asylum, deportation, immigration, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘A transgender woman has been granted sanctuary in the UK to protect her from doing compulsory military service as a man in Singapore. In the first case of its kind, two judges ruled that she should not be forcibly returned to her home country, where she would be forced to do two weeks of military service a year for the next eight years.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2016

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Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) [2016] EWHC 773 (Admin)

‘The claimants brought public law claims in the courts of the United Kingdom arising out of the British military involvement in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. The claims involved allegations of ill-treatment and in some cases unlawful killing, of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers. By their claims for judicial review the claimants sought court orders requiring the Secretary of State to investigate alleged human rights violations. Issues arose relating to the UK’s obligations under articles 2 and 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including (i) the nature and scope of the state’s substantive obligation under article 2 of the Convention in relation to the use of lethal force while seeking to quell riots and uphold law and order during the occupation of Iraq, (ii) when the investigative duty under article 2 arose in such circumstances and (iii) the effect of delay on the investigative duties under articles 2 and 3 where the allegations of breach of the substantive rights were made many years after the incidents in question.’

WLR Daily, 7th April 2016

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MoD could face manslaughter charges over training deaths following calls it should lose immunity from prosecution – The Independent

‘The British military could face charges of corporate manslaughter under landmark changes in law being proposed by a parliamentary committee.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2016

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Judge criticises army drink and sex culture as two former soldiers cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, inquests, news, rape, suicide by tracey

‘A judge has criticised a culture of “excessive drinking” and sexual relationships within the Royal Military Police, as two former soldiers were acquitted of raping a colleague who later killed herself.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2016

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Deepcut inquest: Bullet wound ‘consistent’ with self-inflicted injury – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, expert witnesses, firearms, forensic science, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The bullet wound that killed a teenage soldier was “consistent” with a self-inflicted injury, according to a ballistics expert.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

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Ministers drop plans for war powers law – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, bills, news, parliament, war by sally

‘Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a war powers act that would enshrine into law a commitment to seek parliamentary approval before deploying British troops in combat.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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Pressure builds for investigation into London arms trade fair after judge sees evidence of illegal weapons sales – The Independent

‘Anti-arms trade campaigners have put pressure on the Government to act after officials’ business-as-usual response to a court ruling warning that illegal arms could be changing hands at at London arms fair.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2016

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Chilcot report expected to single out senior British military figures – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, news, reports, war by tracey

‘Senior military figures will be singled out for criticism alongside Tony Blair and other establishment figures in the long-awaited Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is due to be handed to Downing Street next week.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2016

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Vicarious liability for rogue employee’s data leak – Panopticon

‘Suppose confidential, private and sensitive information is sold, leaked or otherwise wrongly disclosed by a rogue employee: is the employer vicariously liable? This question is a troubling one for many an employer and data controller. A new judgment on a claim for misuse of private information sheds some light on this question – and will not be comforting for employers and data controllers. The case is Axon v Ministry of Defence [2016] EWHC 787 (QB).’

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Panopticon, 12th April 2016

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Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq war to be vetted by spies ahead of summer publication – The Independent

‘Britain’s intelligence agencies are preparing to vet the final version of the Chilcot Inquiry’s report into the Iraq war ahead of publication this summer.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2016

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Soldiers jailed after beating up disabled teens ‘for entertainment’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Soldiers targeted “naïve, trusting and innocent” pair during a drunken night out from Army camp at Sennybridge in the Brecon Beacons.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2016

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Iraq Fatalities Investigations: report into the death of Muhammad Abdul Ridha Salim – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, parliamentary papers, reports by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the third investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

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Official-documents.gov.uk, 23rd March 2016

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Four men convicted in relation to plot to murder servicemen – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, conspiracy, firearms, murder, news, terrorism by tracey

‘Two men have been convicted of planning to commit a terrorism inspired murder or murders on the streets of London following a trial at the Old Bailey which concluded today. Two others have been convicted of firearms offences connected with the same incident.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd March 2016

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Ministry of Defence escapes prosecution over deaths on SAS march – The Independent

‘The Ministry of Defence has escaped prosecution over the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS selection course, only thanks to a convention that it is granted immunity, it has been confirmed.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2016

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Curbs on ‘shameless’ armed forces claims within weeks – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Measures to curb legal claims against members of the armed forces are likely to be introduced this month.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2016

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Veterans dying from asbestos-related cancer win battle for compensation – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2016 in armed forces, asbestos, cancer, compensation, news by sally

‘Scores of veterans dying from asbestos-related cancer caused by their time in the military are to receive a lump sum in compensation, following an Independent campaign to overturn rules that left them worse off than civilians.’

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The Independent, 29th February 2016

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Army sergeant Edwin Mee jailed for rape and sex assaults – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2016 in armed forces, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An army recruitment sergeant has been jailed for 11 and a half years for raping and assaulting female cadets at Mitcham Barracks in south London.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2016

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Deepcut recruit’s alleged suicide ‘did not match emotional state’ – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2016 in armed forces, bias, bullying, inquests, murder, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenage recruit found shot dead at Deepcut barracks in Surrey 20 years ago was behaving normally on the day of her death, although she had been having relationship problems, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2016

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Deepcut inquest: police failed to investigate suspects in soldier’s death – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2016 in armed forces, inquests, news, police by sally

‘Surrey police failed to properly investigate and eliminate three potential suspects in their original investigation into the death of army recruit Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks, an inquest heard, as an army brigadier apologised to her family for army failings in looking after her.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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Cheryl James: Teenage army recruit ‘may have been killed by someone else’ – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2016 in armed forces, evidence, forensic science, homicide, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘New forensic evidence reveals that a teenage army recruit found dead at Deepcut barracks may not have shot herself and could have been killed by someone else, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2016

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