Soldiers' families can sue MoD

The Supreme Court has ruled that relatives of three soldiers killed in Iraq can sue the MoD for damages. The families say it failed to provide them sufficient protection after they were killed by roadside bombs while in lightly armoured Land Rovers.

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'It's going to be a long fight but we have got to do it'

Relatives of the soldiers killed in Iraq said they believed they still had "a long hard fight" ahead of them after they won a fight for the right to sue, but said were ready to battle for compensation.

Susan Smith, mother of Private Phillip Hewett, and Colin Redpath, father of Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath outside the UK Supreme Court Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Pte Hewett's mother, Sue Smith, 51, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: "They can no longer treat soldiers as sub-human with no rights. It's been a long fight but it's absolutely brilliant. Now serving soldiers have got human rights."

She added: "What we have done here will make a difference to a lot of people."

L/Cpl Redpath's father, Colin Redpath, 57, of Hornchurch, Essex, said: "Hopefully this will help our armed forces' safety in future combat zones. The Ministry of Defence has got a duty to supply the right equipment. Now that has been established."

He added: "It's probably going to be a long hard fight from now on. But we have got to do it."

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