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Lloyd ruling could test legal will February 16, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.

Legal affairs analyst Jon Silverman considers whether a prosecution is likely after a coroner said ITN reporter Terry Lloyd – shot dead by US forces in southern Iraq in March 2003 – was unlawfully killed.

A finding of unlawful killing is the strongest verdict a coroner can record.

The standard of proof required to reach such a verdict is “beyond reasonable doubt” and thus carries the same weight as that of a criminal court.

By referring the papers to the director of public prosecutions and the attorney general, the coroner, Andrew Walker, is inviting them to consider a criminal prosecution against those responsible for Terry Lloyd’s death.

But the decision rests with the legal authorities.

The director of the campaigning group Inquest, Deborah Coles, said the record of the DPP in acting on such referrals was not a good one.

“This is a significant verdict and a criminal prosecution should follow if those held to be culpable can be identified.

“I would expect the DPP, at the very least, to order a thorough review of all the facts which might yield evidence which was not available to the coroner.”

First Gulf War

However, history does not point to a prosecution.

In 1992, the same coroner’s court, Oxford, returned verdicts of unlawful killing in the case of nine British soldiers killed by US “friendly fire” during the first Gulf War. read more



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