Lawyers launch hundreds of new claims against British soldiers
Over a month ago
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.
Ex-Army chief Lord Dannatt 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.
“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 claimed he had arranged hundreds of fake abuse claims against British troops as part of a racket to get MoD 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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