Minister names judge to lead Basra death inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2008 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“A public inquiry into the death in British custody of Baha Mousa, a Basra hotel receptonist, must include other instances of abuse and what guidance was given to members of Britain’s armed forces before they were deployed to Iraq, defence lawyers and opposition MPs said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministry of Defence admits it was wrong to deny war widow a pension – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 21st, 2008 in armed forces, news, pensions by sally

“The widow of a war hero who had been wrongfully denied a pension by Whitehall bureaucrats for years was celebrating a victory after the Ministry of Defence admitted ‘maladministration’.

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Daily Telegraph, 21st July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Soldiers ‘did not have right kit’ – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

“Two British soldiers were wearing incorrect body armour when they were killed in Afghanistan last year, an inquest has heard.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

General Sir Richard Dannatt welcomes plan to increase payments to wounded troops – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 18th, 2008 in armed forces, benefits, compensation, news by sally

“A package of welfare improvements for the military, including a doubling of compensation payments, has been welcomed by the head of the Army as ‘very good start’ towards giving the Armed Forces the treatment they deserve.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-Gurkhas win High Court review – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2008 in armed forces, Gurkhas, news, race discrimination by sally

“Ex-Gurkhas who claim they have been racially discriminated against by the UK government have won the right to stage a High Court challenge.”

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BBC News, 15th July 2008

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MoD faces legal action after teenage Iraqi claims sexual humiliation by soldiers – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is facing fresh court action over as many as 11 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqis, including the alleged sexual humiliation of a teenage boy by British soldiers at a base near Basra in 2003, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MoD to pay £3 million in compensation to Iraqi torture victims – The Times

Posted July 11th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence faces a series of huge compensation claims for alleged abuse by troops in Iraq after agreeing a settlement of £2.8 million over the death of a civilian in custody.”

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The Times, 11th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gurkhas lose High Court battle over pensions – The Times

Posted July 2nd, 2008 in armed forces, Gurkhas, news, pensions by sally

“Former Gurkha soldiers today lost their High Court battle over a pensions deal with the Ministry of Defence, which they say has left them struggling to live.”

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The Times, 2nd July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Official delays stop Baha Mousa’s father entering Britain – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, immigration, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Family of hotel worker tortured to death in Army’s Basra detention camp are excluded from compensation talks.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Soldier Gavin Williams ‘died after “beasting” punishment’, court told – The Times

Posted June 20th, 2008 in armed forces, homicide, news by sally

“An ill-disciplined junior soldier was ‘beasted’ to death by three of his colleagues, a jury was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Report

Posted June 18th, 2008 in armed forces, asylum, Iran, law reports by sally

BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“An Iranian soldier who deserted to avoid carrying out an order to plant land mines in peacetime which were liable to kill or maim civilians was entitled to protection as a refugee.”

The Times, 18th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Ban Ministry of Defence from hiring lawyers for inquests, say Tories – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 17th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence should be banned from hiring barristers to defend it at military inquests, the Conservatives will say on Tuesday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Injured soldier wins pay review – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, news, personal injuries by sally

“The compensation paid to a soldier badly injured in Afghanistan will be reviewed, the government has said.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Injured soldier fights pay award – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, news, personal injuries by sally

“A soldier who was badly injured in Afghanistan will have his case for more compensation heard in a public debate at the House of Commons later.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hero lawyer sues Army over sex discrimination – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2008 in armed forces, news, sex discrimination by sally

“A female Army lawyer who helped to rescue two SAS soldiers held prisoner in Iraq is suing the Army for £650,000 after claiming she was ‘victimised’ by senior officers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Smith) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Oxfordshire; Secretary of State for Defence v Same – Times Law Reports

Posted May 30th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, inquests, Iraq, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Regina (Smith) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Oxfordshire; Secretary of State for Defence v Same

Queen’s Bench Division

“The right to life, protected by article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, could extend to members of the Armed Forces, wherever they might be; whether it did so would depend on the circumstances of the particular case.”

The Times, 30th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Soldier denied payout in ‘wrong type of bomb’ case – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 29th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, news, personal injuries by sally

“A soldier left disabled by an explosion in Iraq is being refused a compensation payout because his injuries were caused by the ‘wrong type of bomb’, it has been claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

US cluster bombs to be banned from UK – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2008 in armed forces, news, weapons by sally

“The US will no longer be able to stockpile cluster bombs at its military bases in Britain under government proposals for an international ban on the controversial weapons, it emerged last night.”

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The Guardian, 29th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sex change Paratrooper wins £250,000 for ‘hurt feelings’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 27th, 2008 in armed forces, news, sex discrimination by sally

“A former paratrooper who had a sex change operation has won a payout of £250,000 for hurt feelings after she was ordered to wear a man’s uniform to a medical examination.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted May 22nd, 2008 in armed forces, asylum, human rights, law reports by sally

BE (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 540; [2008] WLR (D) 159

An Iranian soldier who had been ordered in peacetime to plant land mines liable to kill or maim innocent civilians, and who had deserted, was entitled to international protection as a refugee since the order constituted a requirement that he commit a grave violation of human rights which could further be characterised as ‘gross’ and ‘an atrocity’.

WLR Daily, 21st May 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.