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Eight years ago Susan Smith's son Philip died in Iraq, he was blown up in his snatch Land Rover.
Since then she has fought her own battle, with the Ministry of Defence. She believes they breached his human rights and were negligent by not providing a suitably armoured vehicle to protect him.
The European Convention on Human Rights gives everyone a right to life. But the MoD argues that it should not apply to soldiers in war. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will decide who is right the MoD or Susan. Our correspondent, Mark Gough reports.
The Supreme Court analysed three central legal issues:
- Whether British soldiers killed during military operations abroad were within the jurisdiction of the UK for the purposes of Article 1 - which protects the right to life - of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
- Whether the MoD owed a duty to the deceased soldiers pursuant to Article 2 - which imposes a duty on authorities to protect the right to life by law - of the ECHR.
- Whether complaints of negligence are covered by the doctrine of combat immunity and whether it would be fair to impose a duty of care on the MoD.
The Supreme Court is due to rule on whether families of soldiers killed fighting in Iraq can bring damages claims against the Government.
Relatives want the right to sue for negligence and to make claims under human rights legislation.
The Supreme Court - the highest court in the UK - analysed arguments from lawyers representing relatives and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at a hearing in London in February.
Judges in the Court of Appeal and the High Court have already considered the issues.
In October, appeal judges said relatives could bring negligence claims but not claims under human rights legislation.
In June 2011, a High Court judge had come to the same conclusions.
Families started legal action as a result of the deaths of a number of British soldiers following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Relatives say the MoD failed to provide armoured vehicles or equipment which could have saved lives, and should pay compensation.
The MoD says decisions about battlefield equipment are for politicians and military commanders.
If given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court, relatives would be entitled to launch damages claims in the High Court.
The Ministry of Defence will be told tomorrow whether it can be sued for compensation by the families of soldiers sent into battle in lightly armoured land rovers.
The families have been involved in their own battle to establish that the MoD has a duty to give soldiers the equipment and protection that they need.
ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:
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