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Soldiers' Human Rights Ruling

The UK's most senior judges are to decide whether relatives of soldiers killed fighting Iraq can make damages claims against the Government using human rights legislation.

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Families await verdict over compensation

The families of Private Phillip Hewett and Corporal Stephen Allbutt, from Staffordshire, are waiting to hear today whether they can sue the Government for compensation over the deaths of the two soldiers.

“We await the verdict having fought for many years to get these claims to Court. We maintain that the MOD’s position has been morally and legally indefensible, as they owe a duty of care to those who fight on behalf of this Country.

“British troops should at the very least have adequate equipment and training, ranging from the very basic such as a GPS devices, to sophisticated satellite tracker systems, which the Americans had available to them."

– ?Shubhaa Srinivasan a Partner with law firm Leigh Day & Co who is representing the family of Cpl Allbutt and the surviving servicemen

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