Law lords to rule on Iraq detention – The Times

Posted October 30th, 2007 in detention, Iraq, news, terrorism by sally

“Britain’s highest court will determine this week whether British and other armed forces in Iraq are entitled to detain terrorist suspects without trial in breach of their human rights.”

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The Times, 29th October 2007

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Inquest into soldier’s Iraq death begins – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2007 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“An inquest into the death of Gordon Gentle, whose mother, Rose, has become a figurehead for Britain’s antiwar movement, begins today.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2007 

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British citizen appeals against three-year detention in Iraq – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2007 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, news, terrorism by sally

“Lawyers for a British-Iraqi citizen who has been held in Iraq by British forces for three years on suspicion of terrorism will ask the House of Lords today to rule that his detention is unlawful and he should be returned to Britain. Hilal al-Jedda has been held since October 2004 without charge. Freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention is a ‘quintessentially British liberty,’ Lord Hoffmann, a law lord, declared in an earlier case.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2007

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Lawyers take MoD to court over Iraqi mutilation claims – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence will come under fresh pressure tomorrow to launch an independent inquiry into allegations of abuse of Iraqis by British soldiers after a fierce gun battle with insurgents three years ago.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2007

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Grieving families call for legal aid to fight MoD – The Independent on Sunday

Posted October 15th, 2007 in Afghanistan, armed forces, inquests, Iraq, legal aid, news by sally

“Families of British service personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are being obstructed by the MoD in their efforts to discover how their children died, it was claimed yesterday.”

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The Independent on Sunday, 14th October 2007

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Victory for those who risked lives for Britain – The Times

Posted October 8th, 2007 in asylum, Iraq, news by sally

“Iraqi interpreters and other key support staff who have risked their lives to work for Britain are to be allowed to settle in the United Kingdom, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 6th October 2007

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Court tells MoD to yield papers on Iraqi’s death – The Guardian

Posted October 4th, 2007 in armed forces, disclosure, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The high court yesterday ordered the Ministry of Defence to disclose to lawyers key documents about the circumstances surrounding the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi who died in British custody in Basra four years ago. The move came after the lawyers for Mr Mousa’s family and the families of 10 other Iraqis detained by British soldiers accused the MoD of ‘obfuscation and delay’ in providing vital information.”

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The Guardian, 4th October 2007

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Lawyers in Basra death case win access to files – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2007 in armed forces, courts martial, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Lawyers acting for the father of an Iraqi man beaten to death while in the custody of the British military have claimed a breakthrough which could help discover ‘what went wrong and who was responsible’.”

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The Independent, 4th October 2007

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Lawyers accuse MoD of retaining evidence on abused Iraqi detainees – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2007 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Lawyers representing the families of Iraqis detained by British soldiers yesterday accused the Ministry of Defence of suppressing crucial information about the circumstances surrounding their mistreatment, including advice given to senior army officers.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2007

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Soldier’s widow urges trial of friendly fire commander – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2007 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“The widow of a British soldier killed by ‘friendly fire’ in Iraq yesterday demanded the prosecution of an officer after a coroner questioned whether he was fit to command troops and described the incident as a ‘completely avoidable tragedy’.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2007

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MPs to demand inquiry into abuse of prisoners in Iraq – The Independent

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news by sally

“An influential committee of MPs meets tomorrow to decide on holding a full inquiry into whether the Attorney General’s office or the MoD gave soldiers the green light to abuse detainees in Iraq.”

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The Independent, 2nd July 2007

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Inquiry into torture of Iraqis by British troops -The Times

Posted June 27th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Attorney-General yesterday demanded an inquiry into the use of torture by British soldiers in Iraq in 2003 which led to the death in custody of Baha Musa, an Iraqi civilian arrested during an arms search. Lord Goldsmith, QC, said it was “inexplicable” that banned techniques were being used when soldiers and officers must have realised they breached the Geneva Conventions.”

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The Times, 27th June 2007

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Iraq deaths ‘unlawful killings’ – BBC News

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“Five British armed forces personnel were unlawfully killed when their helicopter was shot down in Iraq, a coroner has ruled.”

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BBC News, 22nd June 2007

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Lords to look at legality of Iraq war – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Britain’s highest court is to hear a case which could force the government to hold an independent inquiry into the way the attorney general reached his conclusion that the war in Iraq would be lawful. The law lords have agreed to hear an appeal by the mothers of two soldiers killed in Iraq, who argue that the government violated their sons’ right to life by rushing into war on inadequate legal grounds.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2007

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Torture: the 10 claims against the Army – The Times

Posted June 13th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Lawyers for Baha Musa claimed today that the case had uncovered evidence that the Government approved the systematic torture of detainees. ”

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The Times, 13th June 2007

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A “seminal decision” for human rights – The Times

Posted June 13th, 2007 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, news by sally

“The House of Lords held by a 4-1 majority that the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) applied to South East Basra in cases where Iraqis have been detained and kept in British Army custody.”

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The Times, 13th June 2007

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Iraqi death covered by human rights laws, say Lords – The Independent

Posted June 13th, 2007 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, jurisdiction, news by sally

“The European Convention on Human Rights does apply to the case of an Iraqi man who died while in the custody of British troops, the House of Lords ruled today.”

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The Independent, 13th June 2007

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The Big Question: What are the precedents for holding an inquiry into the war? – The Independent

Posted June 12th, 2007 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Conservatives called a debate in the House of Commons yesterday to demand an inquiry into the Iraq war. They did not specify when the inquiry should take place; but they wanted MPs to agree in principle to hold one, pointing to the precedent set after the Falklands War, 25 years ago. William Hague, speaking for the Conservatives, claimed that an inquiry was ‘essential to restoring public trust and confidence in the Government’.”

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The Independent, 12th June 2007

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Iraqi civilians bring abuse claims to the High Court – The Independent on Sunday

Posted June 11th, 2007 in damages, human rights, Iraq, news by sally

“Dozens of Iraqi civilians who claim to have been victims of abuse committed by British soldiers are set to bring a test case in London for punitive damages against the government. The legal action, which will begin later this month in the High Court in London, follows two courts martial in which soldiers were convicted of mistreating prisoners after the invasion.”

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The Independent on Sunday, 10th June 2007

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Pressure mounts for war inquiry – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2007 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Government will come under fresh pressure today to order a full inquiry into the Iraq war and the mistakes made since the 2003 invasion.”

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The Independent, 11th June 2007

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