Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations – The Guardian

‘The government has been accused of undermining the rule of law by putting pressure on an independent regulator in its action against a legal firm pursuing claims of human rights abuses involving British troops in Iraq.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2017

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Family of Deepcut soldier can apply for fresh inquest – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 21st, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, inquests, news, press releases, public interest by tracey

‘Attorney General gives consent for the family of Private Geoff Gray to apply to the High Court for a fresh inquest into his death.’

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Attorney General's Office, 21st July 2017

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UK’s refusal to reveal legal advice on drone killings faces challenge – The Guardian

‘Campaigners appeal against ruling that government can keep advice secret because it relates to security agencies.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2017

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SAS soldiers ‘suspected’ of executing unarmed Afghans and covering up potential war crimes – The Independent

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in Afghanistan, armed forces, news, reports, war crimes by tracey

‘A “rogue” Special Air Service (SAS) unit is suspected of executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and fabricating reports to cover up potential war crimes, according to reports.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2017

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Deepcut inquest to examine bullying claims – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2017 in armed forces, bullying, harassment, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A fresh inquest into the death of a soldier at Deepcut barracks will examine whether he was hounded to death by “bullying and harassment”, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2017

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Soldier Sam Dallow jailed after paedophile hunter ‘sting’ – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2017 in armed forces, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual grooming by sally

‘A soldier who admitted grooming a child after sending explicit messages over the internet from his Army barracks, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 8th June 2017

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UK unlawfully denies transfer to UK of refugees living for 18 years in Cyprus British Sovereign Base – Free Movement

Posted June 6th, 2017 in appeals, armed forces, immigration, news, refugees, treaties by tracey

‘R (Bashir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 397. The British Sovereign Base Areas (“SBAs”) are small British-run areas on the Cyprus islands that survived the former colony’s independence. The Home Office has taken the position for a number of years that the Refugee Convention does not apply there. The Court of Appeal has unanimously held that in doing so, then-Home Secretary Theresa May acted unlawfully in denying refugees from the SBAs access to the UK.’

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Free Movement, 6th June 2017

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Marine A: Sergeant Alexander Blackman to be released from prison on Friday – The Independent

‘A Royal Marine who was sentenced to life in prison for killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, will be released from prison on Friday, according to the group set up to campaign for his release.’

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The Independent, 27th April 2017

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Soldier jailed for stalking and murdering ex-girlfriend Alice Ruggles – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2017 in armed forces, murder, news, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘The mother of a young woman murdered by an obsessive ex-boyfriend urged other victims of stalking to speak out and not suffer in silence as her daughter’s killer was jailed for life. Alice Ruggles, 24, who worked for the broadcaster Sky, was stabbed with a carving knife by LCpl Trimaan “Harry” Dhillon, 26, in an “act of utter barbarism” at her Gateshead flat in October.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2017

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Plan to opt out of rights accords in future wars dangerous, inquiry hears – The Guardian

‘Government plans to opt out of international human rights agreements in future conflicts would be dangerous and prevent British soldiers from obtaining justice, according to evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry by the Law Society and Liberty.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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Royal Marine Alexander Blackman expresses ‘relief’ at sentence cut – BBC News

‘Royal Marine Alexander Blackman has spoken of his “profound sense of relief” after his sentence for shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan was reduced.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2017

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Marine A to be resentenced over fatal shooting of Taliban fighter – Daily Telegraph

‘Royal Marine who is in prison for the fatal shooting of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan finds out today if he is to be freed or must serve more time behind bars.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2017

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Marine Alexander Blackman conviction reduced to manslaughter – BBC News

‘A Royal Marine jailed for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter by an appeal court.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2017

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RAF serviceman who said joining military meant ‘killing blacks’ is jailed after colleague reports Facebook post – Daily Telegraph

‘A serviceman who urged people to join the military as “you get to kill” black people “without going to prison” has been jailed after a colleague refused to work with him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2017

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Army widow sues MoD for failing to spot husband’s PTSD – Daily Telegraph

‘An Army widow who suffered five miscarriages after her husband attacked her while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has launched a legal case against the Ministry of Defence for failing them both.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2017

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Soldiers could be ‘shut out of justice’ under combat immunity plans – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2017 in armed forces, civil justice, compensation, complaints, defence, immunity, news, war by sally

‘Soldiers will be “shut out of justice” and military equipment failures will be covered up under plans to extend combat immunity and prevent military claims going to court, ministers have been warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th February 2017

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Iraq lawyer Phil Shiner struck off over misconduct – BBC News

‘A human rights lawyer who brought abuse claims against UK troops after the Iraq War has been struck off for misconduct.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017

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Judges reject media request to release marine shooting video – The Guardian

‘Three of the UK’s most senior judges have rejected a request by the Guardian and other media organisations to sanction the release of video footage showing a British Royal Marine shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2017

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Phil Shiner’s legal firm ‘made £1.6m with improper fee deal over Iraq troop abuse claims’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A disgraced human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops earned his firm more than £1.6m from an improper deal carving up fees from pursuing abuse claims against British troops, a tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st February 2017

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Army brigadier becomes most senior officer to appear at court martial in 65 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2017 in armed forces, benefits, courts martial, education, families, married persons, news by tracey

‘An Army brigadier has become the most senior officer to appear before a court martial in 65 years as he admitted breaking rules when he claimed money for his sons’ school fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2017

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