Says RICHARD LITTLEJOHN;
after Government finally acts against Left-wing law firms making ‘war crimes’ allegations against blameless British troops
Hallelujah! Finally, the Government is retaliating against Left-wing law firms who make vexatious allegations of ‘war crimes’ against blameless British troops.
This column has argued for years that the lawyers involved should be forced to pay the full costs of the unsuccessful cases they bring against members of the Armed Forces.
Now the Ministry of Defence has decided to do exactly that. On the orders of the Prime Minister, it is preparing to sue Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) for millions of pounds and seeking to have its founder, Phil Shiner, struck off.
As regular readers may recall, for the past dozen years self-proclaimed socialist Shiner has made a fat living pursuing allegations of abuse by British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. His representatives have been greedily drumming up business in the backstreets of Basra and beyond, all funded out of the legal aid budget.
It is estimated that PIL has been paid more than £3 million by British taxpayers in relation to claims which have subsequently been proved to be false.
The MoD says that Shiner’s outfit and another firm, Leigh Day, deliberately misled a public inquiry into alleged atrocities in Iraq.
Last December, the inquiry concluded that all the claims of murder and torture against our troops were ‘wholly without foundation’ and ‘entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility’ from the Iraqi witnesses.
The five-year investigation, which cost £31 million, also ruled that the men who had allegedly been mistreated were not innocent farmers, as their lawyers had maintained, but enemy fighters who were killed or captured in a ferocious firefight known as the Battle of Danny Boy.
Probe: The men who had allegedly been mistreated were not innocent farmers, as their lawyers had said, but enemy fighters who were killed or captured in a ferocious firefight known as the Battle of Danny Boy (above)
Furthermore, the MoD says that PIL had known the claims were untrue for at least a year but didn’t inform the inquiry chairman until the final day’s evidence was being taken.
Failure to withdraw the accusations had led to more than 100 additional witnesses being interviewed unnecessarily, at a cost of £780,000.