Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot’s Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be – Daily Telegraph

‘Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2016

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Chilcot Inquiry: When is the Iraq War report being published and why has it taken so long? – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 29th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

‘The Chilcot Inquiry – also known as the Iraq War Inquiry – was set up in 2009 by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to examine the UK’s involvement in Iraq.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2016

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If the Chilcot report finds the Iraq invasion violated the UN Charter, what are the consequences? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 28th, 2016 in inquiries, international courts, Iraq, news, reports, treaties, United Nations, war by sally

‘The Chilcot report, when published next month, will surely criticise some of those responsible for launching the Iraq war on 20 March 2003 and for the suffering and damage which it caused. Lawyers are certainly already mulling over the prospect of litigation, criminal as well as civil.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th June 2016

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Court rejects 600 Iraqis’ claims of mistreatment by UK soldiers – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news, Supreme Court, time limits by sally

‘Claims by more than 600 Iraqi civilians alleging that they were unlawfully detained and physically mistreated by British soldiers have been dismissed by the supreme court in London.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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Chilcot inquiry: Timeline of events from 9/11 to the announced publication date of the report – The Independent

Posted May 10th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘The findings of the long-awaited Chilcot report will be published at the beginning of July – shortly after the EU referendum – a spokesman for the inquiry announced today. Here is a timeline of the events, starting with the attack on the World Trade Centres in 2001 and ending with the announcement of the report’s publication date.’

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The Independent, 9th May 2016

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Chilcot report on Iraq war to be published on 6 July – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2016 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports, war by sally

‘The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq is to be published on Wednesday 6 July, two weeks after the EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) [2016] EWHC 773 (Admin)

‘The claimants brought public law claims in the courts of the United Kingdom arising out of the British military involvement in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. The claims involved allegations of ill-treatment and in some cases unlawful killing, of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers. By their claims for judicial review the claimants sought court orders requiring the Secretary of State to investigate alleged human rights violations. Issues arose relating to the UK’s obligations under articles 2 and 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including (i) the nature and scope of the state’s substantive obligation under article 2 of the Convention in relation to the use of lethal force while seeking to quell riots and uphold law and order during the occupation of Iraq, (ii) when the investigative duty under article 2 arose in such circumstances and (iii) the effect of delay on the investigative duties under articles 2 and 3 where the allegations of breach of the substantive rights were made many years after the incidents in question.’

WLR Daily, 7th April 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq war to be vetted by spies ahead of summer publication – The Independent

‘Britain’s intelligence agencies are preparing to vet the final version of the Chilcot Inquiry’s report into the Iraq war ahead of publication this summer.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2016

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Iraq Fatalities Investigations: report into the death of Muhammad Abdul Ridha Salim – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, parliamentary papers, reports by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the third investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

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Official-documents.gov.uk, 23rd March 2016

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Curbs on ‘shameless’ armed forces claims within weeks – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Measures to curb legal claims against members of the armed forces are likely to be introduced this month.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2016

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MoJ and MoD join forces to protect soldiers from “parasitic litigation” – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2016 in armed forces, Iraq, law firms, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, torture by sally

‘Justice minister Dominic Raab and armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt are to chair a working party looking at how to prevent “any malicious or parasitic litigation from being taken against our brave armed forces”, Mr Raab revealed yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2016

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Cameron wants crackdown on ‘spurious’ military legal claims – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, death in custody, Iraq, legal aid, news, torture, war crimes by sally

‘The prime minister has ordered a clampdown on “spurious” legal claims against UK military personnel.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2016

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Legal aid crackdown to protect troops from being sued – Daily Telegraph

‘ Human rights lawyers who have brought thousands of war crimes cases against British troops will see their taxpayer-funded legal aid cut, in a new assault on “ambulance chasing” law firms. David Cameron has ordered a crackdown after becoming “very concerned” at the boom in compensation claims and investigations against soldiers over incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2016

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Nearly 300 British veterans face investigation over alleged Iraq war crimes – The Guardian

‘Nearly 300 British personnel who served in Iraq have been contacted by investigators looking into allegations of war crimes, with some of them facing interrogation on their doorsteps, officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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Lawyers face prospect of being struck off over Iraq abuse claims – Daily Telegraph

‘Leigh Day, Britain’s leading human rights law firm, is facing a disciplinary inquiry over the shredding of a document which could have halted a £31m inquiry into false allegations of murder and torture by British troops.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2016

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Iraqi Civilians v Ministry of Defence (No 2) – WLR Daily

Iraqi Civilians v Ministry of Defence (No 2) [2015] EWCA Civ 1241; [2015] WLR (D) 515

‘The primary limitation period of three years under Iraqi limitation law applied to claims in tort brought in the English High Court by Iraqi civilians in respect of alleged unlawful detention and ill-treatment by British armed forces while those forces were in Iraq between March 2003 and the end of 2008.’

WLR Daily, 9th December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Chilcot report on Iraq war to be published next June or July – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2015 in delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, publishing, reports, war by sally

‘Sir John Chilcot has announced that he is to publish his report into the Iraq war next June or July following intense pressure from David Cameron to speed up his timetable.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2015

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Iraq Inquiry: Timetable ‘might be published by November’ – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2015 in armed forces, delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports by sally

‘Sources close to the Iraq Inquiry have indicated chairman Sir John Chilcot may write to David Cameron with a timetable for his report before 3 November.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2015

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Sir John Chilcot to set timetable for publication of Iraq war report – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have claimed a partial victory after Sir John Chilcot announced he would finally set a timetable for his report on the six-year inquiry into the war.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Chilcot report delays blamed on ‘vested interests’ – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2015 in delay, disclosure, documents, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, judges, news, reports, war by sally

‘Anger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2015

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