Phil Shiner targeted those in the armed forces and was found to have acted dishonestly in bringing murder and torture claims against Iraq war veterans.
He was struck off earlier this month – but his close friend and Jeremy Corbyn ally Shami Chakrabarti has stood up for him during an interview this morning.
But she pleaded that this misconduct not cover up the good that Mr Shiner did in prosecuting other soldiers.
She pleaded that this misconduct did not cover up the good that Mr Shiner did in prosecuting troops
The shadow attorney general warned that the actions of Phil Shiner should not be used to "destroy everybody’s human rights".
Mr Shiner, who ran Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), led the pursuit of legal claims against British servicemen for their treatment of Iraqi detainees after the 2003 invasion.
He claimed that soldiers had captured, tortured and murdered innocent Iraqi civilians after the Battle of Danny Boy near Amara in 2004.
The Birmingham lawyer later admitted paying an Iraqi middleman to find claimants, a practice in breach of professional standards, among 22 other charges of professional misconduct.
However, Lady Chakrabarti told ITV’s Peston on Sunday: "In the past Mr Shiner did some very good work that has been upheld by a judicial inquiry into, for example, the torture and killing of Baha Mousa in Iraq.
"There was a disciplinary tribunal and I have to respect the outcome of that tribunal.
"I think it is very sad when a public servant who has given good service to the public, when their career ends in disgrace, and that’s true whether it’s a doctor, politician, or a lawyer.
"So, I am very sad and disappointed."
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In 2007 Shami Chakrabarti and Phil Shiner said that abuse by British troops was systemic
Chakrabati used to work with Mr Shiner on legal cases
Mr Shiner did some very good work that has been upheld
The £60 million Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) probe into claims of misconduct by British military personnel will now be shut down within months.
Mr Shiner's PIL were behind 65 per cent of the more than 3,500 allegations received by Ihat.
In 2007 Shami Chakrabarti and Phil Shiner said that abuse by British troops was not not a case of a "few bad apples" but "systemic".
The former Liberty chief added: "It is not for me to speculate on what happened to an individual, but sometimes people lose their way.
"What I think is important though is misconduct by an individual should not be used as an excuse to destroy everybody’s human rights.
"And some of the politics around this has gone from the terrible misconduct of an individual to an excuse, for example, for pulling out of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects our servicemen as much as it protects everybody else."
According to the Commons Defence Committee report this week, Ihat investigators used “intimidatory tactics”, including “deeply disturbing” methods such as impersonating the police as well as spying on serving and retired soldiers.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has called on Mr Shiner to apologise to the soldiers he brought claims against.
Theresa May slammed Mr Shiner for profitting off 'chasing after our brave troops'
Phil Shinner targeted those in the armed forces
Paul Philip, chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, said: "His misconduct has caused real distress to soldiers, their families and to the families of Iraqi people who thought that their loved ones had been murdered or tortured. More than £30m of public funds were spent on investigating what proved to be false and dishonest allegations."
Theresa May also said this week that it was "absolutely appalling" that Mr Shiner could "make a business out of chasing after our brave troops".
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