Wednesday, July 26, 2006

British War Families Win Right to Challenge Iraq Invasion in Court

In what British political and legal observers are calling a 'stunning victory', families of fallen British soldiers are going to get their day in Court. The Evening Standard is reporting that a British appeals court has overturned an earlier dismissal of the case and ordered the government to present it's evidence for the legality of the invasion to that court.

Relatives of four servicemen who died early in the conflict sued the British government, claiming that the gin up of the war was a "series of lies" and that the invasion was itself a breach of international law.

Defendants in the lawsuit include the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence. According to the plaintiffs' solicitor:
The Government now have to produce evidence to a full hearing in the Court of Appeal. That evidence needs to establish once and for all whether the decision to invade was lawful. In particular, the Government must finally explain how the 13-page equivocal advice from the Attorney General of March 7 2003 was changed within 10 days to a one-page completely unequivocal advice that an invasion would be legal. My clients believe he impermissibly changed his advice because he was sat on by the Prime Minister and others in Government. In changing his advice, he sent these soldiers to their deaths.

Gee, I wonder if the defendants have considered impleading Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld?

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