A family from Derbyshire is pursuing compensation from the Ministry of Defence after their relative was killed during a mob attack in Iraq.
The military police officer who was killed was the victim of a 400 strong mob that descended on a police station in Majar al-Kabir in 2003. He was one of 6 ‘Red Caps’ who was killed in the assault.
Reasonable Measures Not Taken By Commanding Officers In Charge
The family of the corporal believe that the commanders in charge of the operation did not take reasonable measures in order to protect the officers they were in charge of when the incident happened. The family say that there was not enough ammunition given, communications were not effective and vehicles were not roadworthy.
Other Families Likely To Pursue Compensation
There were five others killed in the mob attack.
Other families are said to be likely to follow the same route in the pursuit of justice for their relatives who were killed.
In response to the news, a representative from the MoD said that its thoughts remained with the families with loved ones who died but it did not comment on the legal proceedings.
Supreme Court Ruling On Soldiers Killed In Iraq
The case has arisen following a ruling from the Supreme Court last month allowing families whose relatives have been injured or killed in Iraq to pursue compensation under human rights legislation.
The claim alleges that the Government was in breach of Article 2 of European Convention by not ensuring that ‘real and immediate risk to life’ was managed effectively to ensure the safety of its soldiers.
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Published on 16th February 2015.