UK News UK taxpayers face paying out millions as lawyers launch hundreds of new claims against British soldiers for wrongdoing in Iraq

09:30  14 may  2018
09:30  14 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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An Iraqi refugee has admitted arranging hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in Iraq . He said clients exaggerated claims , produced bogus paperwork and falsely accused soldiers of wrongdoing .

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A firm of lawyers have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers in Iraq in a new venture aimed to cash in millions from the taxpayer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A firm of lawyers have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers in Iraq in a new venture aimed to cash in millions from the taxpayer A firm of lawyers have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers in Iraq in a new venture aimed to cash in millions from the taxpayer.

Leigh Day has lodged 250 cases to the High Court and insisted that they are given extra information from the Ministry of Defence on 200 more.

The new claims follow a win for Leigh Day on a test case regarding the treatment of four Iraqis who claimed they had been wrongly detained. It was ruled by Mr Justice Leggatt that they were entitled to Human Rights Act compensation, with one getting £30,000.

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Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, said: ‘Here we go again — it’s ridiculous. I’d like to see the detail in the allegations and to know who's making them.

a group of people carrying a helicopter: A firm of lawyers have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers in Iraq in a new venture aimed to cash in millions from the taxpayer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A firm of lawyers have filed 450 new claims of alleged wrongdoing by British soldiers in Iraq in a new venture aimed to cash in millions from the taxpayer

‘This kind of undermining — essentially for commercial gain — is really debilitating for our Armed Forces.’

After the first ruling lawyers warned it could open the floodgates for as many as 600 ‘unresolved’ cases. Within weeks Leigh Day contacted numerous clients for paperwork that could strengthen claims.

In February, Iraqi whistle-blower Basim Al-Sadoon said he had helped create hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in order to get payouts. 

The latest claims are the ‘final salvo’ in a legal war that has run for years following a deadline for new cases being set at a meeting between the Ministry of Defence and the High Court, a source said.

‘We are in the final throes of this nightmare,’ the source told the Sun.

‘It’s still a sizeable caseload that could come with a hefty price tag. But when these are done, its over.’

The MoD said: ‘While valid claims should be compensated, false or exaggerated allegations make it harder for justice to be served.’

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