Coroner in SAS inquest blocks release of witness statements – The Guardian

‘A coroner hearing the inquest of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in south Wales has refused to allow the release of witness statements, concluding that their publication could threaten any future criminal prosecutions. The Guardian and other media organisations argued that in the interest of open justice, statements taken by detectives investigating the tragedy on the Brecon Beacons and provided to the inquest should be released to allow the proceedings to be reported fully.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2015

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Chagos islanders go to supreme court in battle to be allowed home – The Guardian

‘Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland more than 40 years ago will take their long legal battle to the UK’s highest court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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SAS deaths: criminal charges may follow inquest – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2015 in armed forces, crime, health & safety, inquests, news, police, prosecutions, witnesses by sally

‘Police and health and safety lawyers argue against media attempt to see witness statements in case they prejudice future prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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MoD secretary Yasmin Disney jailed for £100k fraud – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2015 in armed forces, expenses, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former MoD secretary who submitted £100,000 in false expenses to buy a sports car and luxury holidays has been jailed for her “spree of dishonesty”.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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SAS training deaths inquest: Bureaucracy blamed for failure to cancel march in scorching heat that led to the deaths of three reservists – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in armed forces, inquests, negligence, news by sally

‘Bureaucracy was blamed for a failure to postpone an SAS training march in scorching heat which resulted in the deaths of several army reservists, a coroner heard yesterday. The admission was made by a senior officer, according to the relatives of one of those who died, 24-year-old Lance Corporal Craig Roberts.’
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The Independent, 1st June 2015

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Eight years for teenager in UK terror grooming case – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2015 in armed forces, autism, news, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by michael

A teenage terrorist has been sentenced to eight years for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a Lee Rigby copycat killing.

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The Guardian, 30th May 2015

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Human Rights on the Battlefield – BBC Unreliable Evidence

‘Clive Anderson and guests discuss the controversial suggestion that the UK should withdraw from human rights legislation and re-instate ‘combat immunity’ to protect the British Army from legal action.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 20th May 2015

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London taxi driver jailed for minimum 38 years for killing US soldier in Iraq roadside bombing – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2015 in armed forces, conspiracy, explosives, Iraq, murder, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A London taxi driver convicted of killing a US soldier in an Iraqi roadside bombing has been sentenced to life with a minimum 38 years in prison.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2015

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Human Rights Act: What has it done for us? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives want to replace it. Here are five things it has implemented for good.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2015

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Bassingbourn Libyan soldiers jailed for Cambridge man’s rape – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2015 in armed forces, Libya, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Two Libyan cadets have been jailed for 12 years each for raping a man in Cambridge.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2015

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Paralysed marine sues MoD for £8m over beach dive accident – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2015 in accidents, armed forces, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A marine left paralysed after diving into shallow waters in the Canary Islands is suing the military for £8m. Spencer Vaughan, 27, from Cwmbran in south Wales, broke his neck in the Gran Canaria incident while on an adventure training exercise in July 2009.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2015

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Army recruitment sergeant guilty of sex attacks on young female recruits – The Guardian

‘An army recruitment sergeant has been found guilty of sex attacks on young female recruits.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2015

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Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in ‘most most violent piece of CCTV footage’ police officer had seen walks free – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2015 in armed forces, assault, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two soldiers, including one who is now a guard at Buckingham Palace, have been spared jail after they brutally assaulted two men in an unprovoked attack after a night out in Darlington, County Durham.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2015

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1948 Malayan killings case reaches UK Supreme Court – BBC News

‘Relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948 will take their demands for a public inquiry to the Supreme Court later.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2015

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Al-Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Al-Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWHC 715 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 168

‘Individuals in certain test cases who had been shot by British forces in Iraq were within the United Kingdom’s jurisdiction, for the purposes of article 1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, because they had been shot in the course of security operations in which British forces were exercising public powers normally exercised by the Iraqi government and because shooting someone involved the exercise of physical power over that person.

WLR Daily, 17th March 2015

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Cheryl James Deepcut death: ‘Police stalling inquest’ – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2015 in armed forces, inquests, news, police, suicide by sally

‘The family of a soldier found dead at Surrey’s Deepcut army barracks has accused police of trying to stall a fresh inquest into her death.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2015

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Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in armed forces, complaints, financial provision, legislation by sally

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Act 2015 published

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War inside the court room – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 31st, 2015 in armed forces, foreign jurisdictions, human rights, Iraq, news, war by sally

‘The High Court has ruled that the ECHR applies to situations where Iraqi civilians were shot during security operations conducted by British soldiers. When taken together with the parallel cases being brought against the MOD for breach of its Article 2 obligations towards its own soldiers, it appears increasingly likely that any operation undertaken by the British Army in the future will lead to legal challenges being brought against almost every aspect of its actions pre, during and post any use of military force.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th March 2015

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‘Human rights law has no place on the battlefield’ – Policy exchange report – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2015 in armed forces, human rights, negligence, news, Supreme Court, war by sally

‘Britain should withdraw from the European convention on human rights during wartime because troops cannot fight under the yoke of “judicial imperialism”, according to a centre-right thinktank.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2015

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Teenager jailed for 22 years for plotting to copy Lee Rigby beheading – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in armed forces, Islam, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A teenager who was arrested on a London street carrying a knife and hammer in his bag and said he was en route to behead a soldier has been jailed for 22 years.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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