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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‘Neighbour from hell’ who waged racist campaign against foreign family spared jail as he served in Army – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 25th, 2017 in armed forces, harassment, news, racism, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A veteran who “emotionally and mentally tortured” his Colombian neighbours has been spared jail despite a campaign of racist hatred because he served in the Army.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2017

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Judges set to rule on Taliban bomb maker suing UK government – Daily Telegraph

‘The Supreme Court is expected this week to make it more difficult for former Taliban fighters to sue the Government over their detention in Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2017

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Attorney General’s speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies – Attorney General’s Office

Posted January 13th, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, international law, self-defence, speeches by tracey

‘Attorney General discusses the modern law of self-defence at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 11th January 2017

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Legal basis for striking terror targets set out – Attorney General’s Office

Posted January 12th, 2017 in armed forces, attorney general, press releases, self-defence, speeches, terrorism by tracey

‘Attorney General Jeremy Wright will set out the legal basis for British military strikes against terror targets overseas.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 11th January 2017

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Attorney general calls for new legal basis for pre-emptive military strikes – The Guardian

‘Pre-emptive military strikes against terrorist targets overseas are required for national self-defence and the legal basis on which they are carried out should be made more explicit to deal with increasing threat levels, the UK’s attorney general is due to say on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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Senior military judge mishandled trial of jailed marine Alexander Blackman, official report finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s most senior military judge mishandled the trial of a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter to the extent that his conviction may now be quashed, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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Former soldier sentenced under Terrorism Act after attempting to travel to Syria to fight Isis – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2017 in armed forces, community service, news, sentencing, terrorism, war by tracey

‘A former soldier has been sentenced under the Terrorism Act after he attempted to travel to Syria to fight Isis.’

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The Independent, 4th January 2017

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Jailed marine Alexander Blackman’s defence team ‘fell below standard required’, official report concludes – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 4th, 2017 in armed forces, legal representation, miscarriage of justice, murder, news by tracey

‘The legal team tasked with defending a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter were responsible for a litany of failings that rendered his subsequent conviction unsafe, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd January 2017

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Former Army captain Rachel Webster to sue the Government over Ihat raid – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 15th, 2016 in armed forces, damages, Iraq, news, war, wrongful arrest by tracey

‘A decorated war veteran has made an emotional demand for the government to shut down its “witch hunt” into historic allegations of abuse in Iraq. Rachel Webster, a former captain, announced she was suing the Ministry of Defence over her wrongful arrest by investigators in January 2014.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2016

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Jailed Marine A’s senior officers ‘missed warning signs’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, mental health, murder, news, reports by tracey

‘Senior officers missed signs that the unit of a now-jailed marine was suffering from exhaustion, a Royal Navy review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2016

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Iraq War: Lawyer admits misconduct over Army abuse claims – BBC News

‘A human rights lawyer who brought murder and torture claims against UK troops has admitted misconduct charges.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2016

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Marine’s conviction for killing Afghan insurgent could be quashed – The Guardian

‘A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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MoD unveils plans to take military combat claims away from court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in armed forces, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence today unveiled plans to prevent the courts from adjudicating on allegations that injuries or deaths in the course of combat were the result of negligence. Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said he wanted to stop service and ex-service personnel being ‘caught up’ in long and frustrating legal cases where costs escalate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2016

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Not so great at defence – MoD loses case after disclosure failure – Litigation Futures

Posted November 28th, 2016 in armed forces, disclosure, news, personal injuries, striking out by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has had its defence to a multi-million pound personal injury claim struck out by the High Court for failing to comply with an unless order over its disclosure obligations.’

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Litigation Futures,25th November 2016

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Afghanistan veteran wins landmark Q fever compensation claim – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2016 in Afghanistan, armed forces, damages, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘An Afghanistan war veteran who contracted Q fever has won a landmark compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence that could pave the way for payouts to others.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2016

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