MoD office worker gets £200,000 payout – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, news, personal injuries by sally

“Soldiers’ families reacted angrily after it emerged the Ministry of Defence awarded £202,000 to an office employee who strained his back picking up a printer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2008

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Gurkhas ask High Court for pension parity – The Times

Posted March 14th, 2008 in armed forces, news, pensions by sally

“They have fought and died in the British Army over centuries and taken part in every significant conflict since 1947 including the Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq. But today the Gurkhas are embroiled in a new battle — this time with the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Times, 13th March 2008

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Inquest criticises Navy over officer death – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“The Royal Navy was criticised by an inquest jury yesterday over the death of a female officer who was left lying in a coma on the floor of her cabin by shipmates who thought she was drunk.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2008

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Court gags ex-SAS man who made torture claims – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2008 in armed forces, injunctions, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“A former SAS soldier was served with a high court order yesterday preventing him from making fresh disclosures about how hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture.”

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The Guardian, 29th February 2008

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Former SAS man condemns British role in torture tactics – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2008 in Afghanistan, armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture, a former SAS soldier said yesterday. Ben Griffin said individuals detained by SAS troops in a joint UK-US special forces taskforce had ended up in interrogation centres in Iraq, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, and in Afghanistan, as well as Guantánamo Bay.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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British troops executed 20 captives in southern Iraq, say lawyers – The Guardian

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

“British troops may have executed up to 20 captives in southern Iraq in 2004, human rights lawyers claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2008

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Coroner urges action on armoured vehicles – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“A coroner investigating the deaths of four British soldiers killed in Iraq by a bomb yesterday promised to press the government to improve the protection of armoured vehicles.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2008

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Tribunal closure ‘will deny veterans’ pensions’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2008 in armed forces, news, pensions, tribunals by sally

“Injured servicemen and military widows will lose out under Government plans to sweep away a tribunal that guarantees their pension rights, ministers have been told.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2008

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Coroner blasts ‘unforgiveable’ MoD over death of soldier – The Times

Posted February 15th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence has come under withering fire from a coroner after an inquest into the death of a young officer in Afghanistan was told troops were having to fight the Taleban without enough machineguns and night-vision goggles.”

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The Times, 15th February 2008

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Mothers of Iraq victims take case for inquiry to law lords – The Times

Posted February 12th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The ‘overwhelming’ body of legal advice received by the Government in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was that it would be unlawful without a proper mandate by the United Nations, nine law lords were told yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

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Freedom Of Information: Government blocks access to secret military papers on Diego Garcia – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, detention, freedom of information, special report, terrorism by sally

“The role of the British-owned Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia in the detention of terror suspects remains unproven. There may be more to know, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2008

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Ex-forces heads reject war votes – BBC News

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, war by sally

“Four former chiefs of the defence staff have attacked the prime minister’s plans to let Parliament have the final say on sending troops to war.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2008

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High Court lifts gagging order on Iraqi abuse case – The Times

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, reporting restrictions by sally

“The High Court today lifted a restraining order on The Times and other newspapers which had prevented reporting of allegations that British troops took part in the killing of 22 Iraqis.”

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The Times, 31st January 2008

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Porton Down veterans awarded £3m compensation – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2008 in armed forces, chemical weapons, compensation, news by sally

“Hundreds of veterans who were subjected to tests at the Porton Down chemical warfare installation are to be awarded compensation totalling £3m, the defence minister Derek Twigg announced today.”

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The Guardian, 31st Janaury 2008

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Army detainee training “flawed” – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2008 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, news by sally

“Serious flaws existed in the training of British soldiers to deal with Iraqi prisoners, a report is expected to say.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2008

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MoD offers nerve gas veterans £3m and an apology – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2008 in armed forces, chemical weapons, compensation, experiments, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is to offer compensation and an apology to the Porton Down victims of secret chemical testing, it was reported today.”

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The Guardian, 17th January 2008

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Lesbian soldier Kerry Fletcher wins case – Daily Telegraph

“A lesbian soldier who endured lewd sexual innuendo from a senior staff sergeant who claimed he could ‘turn her straight’ could win compensation of more than £400,000, after winning her case against the Ministry of Defence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2008

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New compensation rules to benefit seriously injured personnel approved – Ministry of Defence

Posted January 16th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, news by sally

“New rules to improve the level of compensation awarded to the most severely injured military personnel will come into effect on 8 February, the Ministry of Defence announced today (15 January 2008).”

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Ministry of Defence press release, 15th January 2008

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Coroner refuses MoD papers plea – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2008 in armed forces, disclosure, inquests, news by sally

“A coroner has refused to return secret documents mistakenly handed to him by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), a pre-inquest hearing was told.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2008

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Deepcut inquiry fight to continue – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2008 in armed forces, bullying, news by sally

“The father of a soldier who died at a Surrey barracks says he will continue to fight for a public inquiry, even if the site is bulldozed.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2008

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