Archive for the 'Iraq' Category

MoD lobbied secretly to cut legal aid for cases against its treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence lobbied behind closed doors to restrict the provision of legal aid to claimants questioning the treatment of military detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, the high court has heard.”

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The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jack Straw hearing to end Iraq inquiry public hearings – BBC News

“Jack Straw is to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry for a third time, as its public hearings come to an end.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chilcot inquiry’s credibility ‘is on edge of an abyss’ – The Guardian

“The credibility of the Chilcot inquiry into the invasion of Iraq is ‘on the edge of an abyss’ because of its lack of transparency, a leading international lawyer warned today.”

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The Guardian, 14th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Senior British officers could face war crimes trial over alleged Iraqi abuse – The Guardian

“Head of military prosecutions warns of charges if there is evidence officers encouraged interrogators to abuse detainees.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

War crimes charges against military interrogators would put MoD on trial – The Guardian

“The revelation that a number of members of a secretive British military intelligence unit could face war crimes charges threatens to put the Ministry of Defence’s entire interrogation regime on trial.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

British military interrogators may be charged as war criminals – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence is at the centre of a new crisis over the abuse of prisoners after it was disclosed yesterday that a number of British military interrogators may be charged as war criminals.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Servicemen at ‘UK’s Abu Ghraib’ may be guilty of war crimes, court hears – The Guardian

“British servicemen who filmed hundreds of interrogation sessions at a secret prison near Basra which has been described as ‘the UK’s Abu Ghraib’ may be guilty of war crimes, the high court heard today.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

European court demands halt to forcible return of Iraqi asylum seekers – The Guardian

“The government’s programme of deporting failed asylum seekers to Iraq has been thrown into confusion after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that forcible returns to Baghdad should be suspended immediately because of an upsurge in sectarian violence and suicide bombings.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Interrogation techniques at ‘Britain’s Abu Ghraib’ revealed – The Guardian

“Evidence of systematic and brutal mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at a secret British military interrogation centre that is being described as the UK’s Abu Ghraib emerged today during high court proceedings brought by more than 200 former inmates.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v F and M – WLR Daily

Regina v F and M [2010] EWCA Crim 2437; [2010] WLR (D) 276

“An Order in Council, made pursuant to s 1 of the United Nations Act 1946 to give effect to a United Nations Security Council Resolution, could include the creation of a serious criminal offence for a breach of the Order, even though there was a substantial delay between the adoption of the Resolution and the creation of the offence.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

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.

‘Tortured’ Iraqi civilians go to High Court – Daily Telegraph

“Lawyers acting for more than 140 Iraqi civilians who allege they suffered torture and inhuman and degrading treatment at the hands of British soldiers and interrogators go to the High Court today seeking a wide-ranging public inquiry.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tony Blair summoned back to Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war – The Guardian

“Members of panel are believed to be concerned about damaging and conflicting evidence revealed since former PM’s last appearance.”

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The Guardian, 26th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘No legal case’ for Iraq invasion – Law Society’s Gazette

“Human rights lawyers have claimed that the UK had no legal case for its 2003 invasion of Iraq, in a submission to the Chilcot Inquiry seen by the Gazette.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lord Goldsmith questions the MoD’s practices in Iraq – BBC News

“The former Labour government’s top legal adviser during the Iraq war has questioned whether the British military justice system is fit for purpose.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoD settles stressed press officer case – BBC News

“A Ministry of Defence press officer who claimed he suffered from stress-related illnesses after being ‘frugal with the truth’ about troops’ safety in Iraq has settled his case with his employer.”

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BBC News, 4th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nick Clegg’s ‘illegal’ Iraq war gaffe prompts legal warning – The Guardian

“Nick Clegg was tonight (21 July) forced to clarify his position on the Iraq war after he stood up at the dispatch box of the House of Commons and pronounced the invasion illegal.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Al-Jedda v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Al-Jedda v Secretary of State for Defence [2010] EWCA Civ 758; [2010] WLR (D) 182

“The claimant’s right under Iraqi law not to be deprived of his liberty ‘except in accordance with the law and based on a decision by a competent judicial authority’ and his right not to be kept in custody ‘except according to a judicial decision’ were not infringed by his internment without trial until 30 December 2007 after arrest by British forces in Basra on 10 October 2004. The essence of the internee’s constitutional rights did not require that his detention be sanctioned by a judge either at its outset or on its continuation, but consisted rather in having the decision made by a person with judicial qualities.”

WLR Daily, 14th July 2010

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.

Army ‘involved in torture mission with US troops’ – The Independent

“Claims that British soldiers used water torture on a badly beaten Iraqi man before unlawfully handing him over to US interrogators are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. The troubling case includes the first evidence before a UK court of British soldiers being directly involved in a joint torture operation with US forces.”

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The Independent, 16th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

New interrogation policy faces early legal challenge – The Guardian

“The government’s interrogation guidelines for intelligence officers are facing their first legal challenge, less than a week after they were published as part of David Cameron’s attempt to signal a break with the counter-terrorism practices of the Labour administration.”

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The Guardian, 12th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq deaths in British custody could see military face legal challenges – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence is facing a further series of court battles that may shed more damaging light on the conduct of British troops in Iraq, after it emerged that many more civilians died in army custody than previously thought.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chilcot inquiry: Iraq papers show Lord Goldsmith’s warning to Tony Blair – The Guardian

“Tony Blair was warned by his government’s chief law officer that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal the day before he privately assured President George Bush he would support US-led military action, documents released today by the Chilcot inquiry reveal.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq inquiry publishes legal advice to Blair on war – BBC News

“The Iraq inquiry has released details of the legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq after the documents were de-classified.”

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BBC News, 30th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Iraq war inquiry to resume public hearings – The Independent

“The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will resume public hearings today after a break of nearly four months because of the general election.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

£8m: Britain’s compensation bill for dead and injured Iraqis – The Independent

“The Government has paid off more than 1,000 innocent Iraqis hit by botched British military operations that resulted in deaths, injuries and major damage to property.”

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The Independent, 16th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Don’t delay deportation flight, government warns judges – The Guardian

“Government lawyers have warned high court judges that last-minute legal challenges should not be allowed to ‘disrupt or delay’ a deportation flight to Baghdad due to leave Britain early tomorrow.”

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The Guardian, 8th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baha Mousa inquiry to quiz Geoff Hoon and Adam Ingram – BBC News

“Two former Labour defence ministers are to be questioned at a public inquiry about the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British troops.”

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BBC News, 27th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Goldsmith’s advice on treatment of Iraqi prisoners is censored – The Independent

“The Government has blocked the release of the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith’s advice about whether human rights law applied to British troops in Iraq when handling prisoners.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK violated jailed Iraqis’ rights – The Independent

“The Government was found guilty yesterday of violating the human rights of two Iraqis accused of murdering two captive British soldiers in 2003.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Iraq war was illegal, says former lord chief justice – The Guardian

“The Guardian once ­described Lord ‘call me Tom’ Bingham as ‘the radical who is leading a new English revolution’. That would not ­necessarily be your impression on meeting the gentlemanly, old-school 76-year-old who, when I arrive at his tall-ceilinged, book-lined, art-filled mansion flat in Notting Hill, west ­London, immediately makes me ­ coffee, served in a silver pot. If this is ­revolution, it will not be instant.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Hold inquiry into Army abuse in Iraq’ – The Independent

“Ministers have been told by a senior judge to consider opening an independent inquiry into all allegations of abuse made by Iraqi civilians against the British Army. The move could lead to the biggest investigation into military malpractice ever heard in this country.”

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The Independent, 8th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lord Goldsmith told two different truths, says legal expert – The Observer

“Fresh questions have been raised about how Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, came to back the use of military force in Iraq after one of the UK’s leading legal experts highlighted apparent contradictions in his testimonies before two official inquiries.”

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The Observer, 7th February 2010

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers want UK public inquiry into Iraq abuse – BBC News

“A group of lawyers is attempting to secure a public inquiry into how UK forces treated detainees in Iraq.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government ordered to reveal Iraq legal advice – The Independent

“The Government’s most senior legal advisers broke the law by refusing to tell The Independent who was given crucial advice about the treatment of prisoners during the war in Iraq, the Freedom of Information watchdog has ruled.”

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The Independent, 1st February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, a former government lawyer in Tony Blair’s administration and author of the Head of Legal blog, about the legality of the War in Iraq.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 27th January 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

The Iraq war inquiry: will it call Blair to account? – The Guardian

“The Chilcot inquiry will question Tony Blair about the Iraq war. So might we see the real truth emerge at last?”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq war was illegal, top lawyer will tell Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

“Tony Blair’s decision to take Britain to war in Iraq was illegal, the Foreign Office’s former chief legal adviser will tell the Chilcot inquiry this week.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq war inquiry told attorney general changed mind over legality of invasion – The Guardian

“The attorney general materially changed his advice on the legality of military action against Iraq a few days before the invasion, the inquiry into the war was told today.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret – The Independent

“Key parts of Tony Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War will be held in secret, sources close to the hearings revealed last night.”

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The Independent, 13th December 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Sycophant’ Tony Blair used deceit to justify Iraq war, says former DPP – The Guardian

“Sir Ken Macdonald, director of public prosecutions between 2003 and 2008, says Blair misled and cajoled the British people into a war they didn’t want.”

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The Guardian, 14th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Iraq inquiry: witnesses could be given immunity from prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“Witnesses at the inquiry into the Iraq war could be offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war incapable of deciding on legality – judges – The Guardian

“The Chilcot inquiry is incapable of addressing the key issue of whether the invasion of Iraq was legal, senior judicial figures have said, adding to the controversy surrounding the inquiry’s legitimacy.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Army faces new inquiry on Iraq torture deaths – The Independent

“An announcement this week of a new public inquiry into fresh allegations of torture against British troops will heap further pressure on the British Army and the Government regarding abuse in Iraq.”

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The Independent, 22nd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tony Blair to give evidence in public in Iraq war inquiry – The Guardian

“Tony Blair is set to give evidence in public to the Iraq war inquiry in the run-up to the next election, it was announced last night.”

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The Guardian, 13th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Date set for Iraq war public hearings – The Guardian

“The first public hearings at the long-awaited inquiry into the Iraq war will take place next month, the panel’s chairman has announced.”

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The Guardian, 29th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Deported Iraqis put straight back on plane to Britain – The Independent

“More than 30 Iraqi asylum-seekers deported to Baghdad by the Home Office have been refused entry to their own country and flown back to Britain.”

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The Independent, 17th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Met rejects request to investigate Iraqi deaths – The Independent

“The Metropolitan Police are not prepared to investigate allegations that British troops tortured and murdered Iraqi detainees, lawyers said.”

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The Independent, 1st October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Widow loses damages action over husband killed in Iraq – The Independent

“The widow of a security consultant shot dead during an ambush in Iraq lost her High Court damages action today.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lawyers fly to Briton held for murder in Iraq – The Independent

“A British legal team will fly from Heathrow airport to Iraq later today to begin work on behalf of Danny Fitzsimons – the British military contractor who faces the death penalty for the alleged shooting of two of his colleagues in Baghdad, Iraq.”

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The Independent, 16th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Briton facing Iraq death faces UK jail term – The Independent

“Danny Fitzsimmons, the former British soldier accused of murdering two of his colleagues during a drunken brawl in Iraq, was already facing a potential jail sentence in Britain and had previously been convicted for firearm offences it emerged today.”

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The Independent, 12th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Guard family calls for fair trial – BBC News

“The family of a man from Lancashire who has been arrested in Iraq over a double fatal shooting say they fear he may not get a fair trial.”

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BBC News, 11th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Blair to be called to Iraq war inquiry – The Independent

“Tony Blair will be called to give evidence to the Iraq war inquiry, its chairman confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 30th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Iraq war inquiry to be launched – BBC News

“Opposition parties are set to press for the Iraq war inquiry to be held largely in public when the long-awaited probe is officially launched later.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Civilian engineer loses claim against MoD over blast injuries in Iraq – The Times

“A civilian engineer wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq lost a claim for damages against the Ministry of Defence and a private consultancy today. The ruling is a potential blow for other people hoping to sue for injuries sustained in a war zone.”

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The Times, 2th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Father wins Iraq inquest review – BBC News

“The father of a soldier killed in Iraq has won permission to challenge a coroner’s decision not to hold a full investigation into his son’s death.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Widow sues over Iraq ambush death – BBC News

“A widow whose security consultant husband died during an ambush in Iraq has begun a High Court claim for about £300,000 compensation over his death.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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