Some of the country's top judges will consider a Tyneside woman's demands for a public inquiry into the death of her son in Iraq more than ten years ago. Corporal Paul Long from Hebburn was one of six Royal Military policemen killed by a mob while on patrol in 2003.
An inquest in 2006 heard the men should have been better equiped, although their deaths could not have been avoided.
Pat Long has been granted a hearing at the Royal Courts of Jutice next year. Judges will decide whether there should be a judicial review of an earlier decision not to hold an inquiry.
The ten year fight for answers into the deaths of six soldiers murdered by an angry mob in Iraq has taken a new twist.
Four of their families, including two from our region, have now launched formal legal action against the Ministry of Defence amid continuing claims their sons were badly let down by the Army on the day they died. Gregg Easteal reports.
A former army doctor from Northallerton has been struck off the medical register after being found guilty of misconduct over the death of an Iraqi man.
In 2003 Dr Derek Keilloh was the medical officer in charge of a regiment in Basra. The regiment detained an Iraqi hotel receptionist, Baha Mousa.
Mr Mousa was hooded and beaten by the soldiers and when he died it was found he had 93 separate injuries.
Dr Keilloh was the officer in charge of Mr Mousa's medical care and tried to rescuscitate him.
"This is the appropriate sanction he's been struck off and will have to do something else with the rest of his life."
– Phil Shiner, solicitor for the family of Baha Mousa
He told investigators that he had not seen any injuries other than dried blood around the nose, but the tribunal decided that was dishonest and misleading.
Dr Keilloh always denied he was part of a cover up. His family in North Yorkshire say he had no idea detainees were being treated in this way.
"He was a very very young junior doctor at the time and actually hadn't finished his GP training. I think they should have sent a more senior doctor to be in charge. He was naive - he didn't believe that sort of thing could happen in the British army."
– Judy Nicholls, Derek Keilloh's mother-in-law
"Dr Keilloh is extremely disappointed at the decision of this Fitness to Practise Panel and he will need time to consider the implications and his future course of action. He would like to say how much he appreciated the wealth of support he has received from his family, patients, colleagues and friends. This support has helped him through these very prolonged and difficult hearings and hopefully will continue to support him in the future."
– Dr Jim Rodger, medical adviser at the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, said:
"We support the MPTS' decision to remove Dr Keilloh's name from the medical register.
We recognise that this has been a particularly challenging case with difficult and unusual circumstances but patients and the public must be confident that the doctor who treats them is competent and trustworthy."
– Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council
A former Army doctor found guilty of misconduct by medical watchdogs over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa was struck off the register today.
Dr Derek Keilloh, 38, a family doctor in Northallerton, looked down and blinked slowly as the decision was delivered as the 47-day hearing finished.
He supervised a failed resuscitation attempt to save the life of Mr Mousa, who had been hooded, handcuffed and severely beaten by soldiers after his arrest as a suspected insurgent in war-torn Basra in September 2003.
Dr Keilloh, then a captain and regimental medical officer of the 1st Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment (1QLR), claimed later that he saw only dried blood around the nose of Mr Mousa, 26, while giving mouth-to-mouth and CPR..
The family of Dr Derek Keilloh, who was was found guilty of misconduct following the death of an Iraqi detainee, say he is an excellent GP.
Dr Kellioh will learn today if he will be struck off or suspended from the medical register following the death of 26-year-old Baha Mousa in 2003.
Today, Dr Keilloh's parents in law said they still had faith in him and that he had been naive rather than negligent.
The Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service said Dr Keilloh, failed in patient care, disregarded health and safety of detainees and had repeatedly been dishonest.
We believe in our son in law Derek Keilloh. We have faith in his honesty and integrity. We abhor any form of inhumane treatment. "We believe that the way in which he is being treated is wrong. He did not know thattorture was happening. "I can remember him saying to me some years ago: ‘I was naïve – I did not think that