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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Court case aims to force MoD’s hand with Freedom of Information requests on drones – The Independent

“Britain’s controversial deployment of US-built Reaper drones in Afghanistan will come under scrutiny in court this week in a closed hearing that will see a UK-based drone operator give evidence for the first time.”

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The Independent, 22nd September 2013

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Man jailed over passport fraud – Home Office

“A man who attempted to help illegal immigrants get into the UK with British passports has been jailed for nearly four years.”

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Home Office, 28th June 2013

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Afghan detainees drop legal challenge – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2013 in Afghanistan, armed forces, detention, explosives, news, war by tracey

“Two Afghan detainees captured by British forces have dropped legal challenges to their detention and can now be transferred to the Afghan authorities, the High Court has heard.”

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BBC News, 27th June 2013

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Two British soldiers admit sexual and racial abuse of Afghan citizens – The Independent

“Two British servicemen were disciplined and fined today for carrying out, respectively, a sexual offence on a young boy and being engaged in racist insults while serving in Afghanistan.”

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The Independent, 4th June 2013

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UK needs prompt action on human rights record, UN panel warns – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2013 in Afghanistan, human rights, Iraq, news, Northern Ireland, reports, torture by sally

“The British government’s human rights record since the attacks of 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq is facing ferocious criticism from a United Nations panel, which warns that prompt action is needed to ensure the country meets its obligations under international law.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2013

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Foreign Secretary v Rahmatullah: Reprieve’s dodgy press release – Head of Legal

Posted November 7th, 2012 in Afghanistan, habeas corpus, human rights, news, rendition, Supreme Court by sally

“Last Wednesday the Supreme Court gave judgment in this case in which Yunus Rahmatullah, who’s being held by American forces in Afghanistan, applied for habeas corpus against the British government.”

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Head of Legal, 6th November 2012

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High Court blocks UK detainee transfers in Afghanistan – BBC News

“The UK government has been blocked from resuming the transfer of detainees caught in Afghanistan by UK forces to the Afghan authorities.”

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BBC News, 2nd November 2012

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Related link: Document released in court by MoD

Five marines charged with murder after Afghanistan ‘incident’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

“Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the MoD has said.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2012

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Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous’ wars to blame for secret courts, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

“Ken Clarke has blamed Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous war on terror’ for the need to introduce secret courts to protect sensitive intelligence material.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012

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Related link: The justice and security bill is on the right track

Ministry of Defence to pay compensation to Afghan boy stabbed with a bayonet by a British soldier – The Independent

Posted August 20th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, assault, compensation, courts martial, news, sentencing by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is to pay compensation after a British soldier stabbed an Afghan boy with his bayonet.”

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The Independent, 18th August 2012

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‘Kill list’ legal challenge brought by man who lost five relatives in missile strike – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, human rights, international law, news by tracey

“Britain’s alleged role in supplying information used by the US military to establish ‘kill lists’ in Afghanistan has been made the subject of a legal challenge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2012

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Four more UK soldiers disciplined after Afghan civilians killed or injured – The Guardian

Posted March 30th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, disciplinary procedures, news by tracey

“Military commanders have disciplined a further four British soldiers accused of killing or wounding Afghan civilians. The disclosures come at a time of heightened tension after a series of incidents involving foreign troops, and the killing on Monday of two British soldiers by a member of the Afghan security forces. The Guardian has learned that a British soldier was given an unspecified punishment after an Afghan was fatally shot in the neck while praying in a field. In other cases, a soldier punched and knocked out an Afghan, and another fired a flare into an Afghan’s face.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2012

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Regina v Gul – WLR Daily

Posted February 27th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, international law, internet, Iraq, law reports, terrorism by tracey

 Regina v Gul: [2012] EWCA Crim 280;  [2012] WLR (D)  44

“Acts by insurgents against the armed forces of a state anywhere in the world which sought to influence a government and were made for political purposes were acts of terrorism for the purposes of section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000. There was nothing in international law which required the clear terms of the 2000 Act to be read down to exempt those committing such acts from the definition of terrorist in that Act.”

WLR Daily, 22nd February 2012

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Bagram jail detainee unlawfully held, court rules – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2011 in Afghanistan, detention, habeas corpus, news by sally

“The government has been ordered by three senior judges to secure the release of a Pakistani man captured by British special forces and held by the US in Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram jail without trial for more than seven years.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2011

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Navy ‘objector’ jailed – The Independent

“A Royal Navy medic was sentenced to seven months’ detention in a military correction facility today after he was found guilty of disobeying a legal order by refusing to attend rifle training because of his ‘moral objection’ to bearing arms and the war in Afghanistan.”

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The Independent, 5th July 2011

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UK ‘must help release detainee’ in Afghanistan, High Court told – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2011 in Afghanistan, detention, habeas corpus, news, rendition by sally

“Lawyers for a man held in Afghanistan are demanding he is freed under one of the England’s most ancient laws.”

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BBC News, 23rd June 2011

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