Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Iraq families launch inquiry bid


Relatives of soldiers killed in the Iraq war are appealing against the government's refusal to hold an independent inquiry into its legality.
Lawyers have lodged papers at the High Court seeking a judicial review.

Reg Keys, whose military police officer son Thomas died in 2003, and Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in 2004 are among the applicants.

But the government has dismissed the challenge made under human rights law saying it is "fundamentally flawed".

The group says the UK is obliged to hold an inquiry if involved in the use of lethal force.

The families have also asked judges at the High Court to rule on the remit of any inquiry.

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