Defence secretary Michael Fallon: suspend the human rights act to protect our troops
By Tim Ross, Senior Political Correspondent
“We will ensure our Armed Forces overseas are not subject to persistent legal claims that undermine their ability to do their job. Ministers have commissioned detailed work and will make any further announcements in due course.”
British troops are being weakened in their fight against terrorists because they fear human rights lawyers will take them to court, the Defence Secretary has warned.
Michael Fallon attacked “ambulance-chasing law firms” that have brought thousands of cases against the Ministry of Defence over the conduct of British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said soldiers were worried that their actions could land them in court defending compensation claims brought by enemy fighters they capture or relations of those killed.
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