Michael Fallon has announced the decision to scrap the inquiry into alleged abuses in Iraq by Britis
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the move after a committee of MPs condemned it as an “unmitigated disaster”.
The Iraq Historical Allegations Team (Ihat), set up in 2010 by the then Labour government, has cost taxpayers £60million.
But despite more than 3,500 claims being lodged, not a single prosecution against a Forces veteran has actually been secured.
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Exposing his dishonesty means many more claims he made can now be thrown out
Behind many allegations was human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, boss of now-defunct law firm Public Interest Lawyers, who was struck off for misconduct earlier this month.
Sir Michael said: “It was the Ministry of Defence that supplied the main evidence that got Phil Shiner struck off for making false allegations against our Armed Forces.
“Exposing his dishonesty means many more claims he made can now be thrown out and the beginning of the end for Ihat. We are taking action to stop such abuse of our legal system happening again.”
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Members of 15 Squadron RAF Regiment on one of the last patrols during combat operations by the British in Basra
Ihat’s caseload will be down to just 20 by the summer. The Commons defence committee said it should be closed after finding it had become a “seemingly unstoppable self-perpetuating machine”.
MPs said it “proved to be deaf to the concerns of the Armed Forces, blind to their needs and profligate with its own resources”.
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The committee’s report found that some veterans had been subjected to “deeply disturbing” treatment.
Sir Michael also announced that around 90 per cent of the 675 alleged misconduct cases involving British troops who served in Afghanistan would now be dropped.
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