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Bereaved Armed Forces families will benefit from challenges to
Ken Clarke's "monstrous" plans to create secret inquests, The Royal
British Legion said today.
"The Justice Secretary's arrogant and reckless plans to hide
military inquests behind a veil of national security are a
perversion of justice and must be stopped," the nation's leading
Armed Forces charity said in a statement. "Bereaved Armed Forces
families must not be cut out of inquests into their loved ones'
deaths," it added.
"As the national custodian of Remembrance and the source of
advice and comfort to bereaved military families, we applaud Nick
Clegg and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. The rule of law must
prevail over these monstrous plans that would undermine centuries
of British justice.
"The nation's fallen heroes, and their families, deserve
Clarke had earlier accused the Legion of believing "conspiracy
theories" about the proposed changes which would allow court
hearings into military deaths to be held in secret.
"Evidently, the conspiracy theory is also believed by the Deputy
Prime Minister, an influential cross-party committee of MPs and
expert groups such as INQUEST, Liberty, and Reprieve," the Legion
added. "It's time that Ken Clarke stopped hiding behind empty
rhetoric and dropped these dangerous plans."
For further information please contact:
Susan Cottam, Public Relations Officer, The Royal British
T: 020 3207 2477 M: 07775 017889 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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