The Committee questioned Ministry of Defence officials in their evidence session into the Inquiries Act 2005
The Committee asked Ministry of Defence officials how they intended to carry out the High Court’s direction that inquiries should be held into Iraqi allegations of historical abuse
At approximately 10.40am, Wednesday 27 November 2013, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster
- Jonathan Duke-Evans, Head of Claims, Judicial Reviews and Public Inquiries, Ministry of Defence
Purpose of the Session
There are up to 160 allegations by relatives of Iraqis who died between 2003 and 2009 that they died by involvement of the British forces in circumstances which require an investigation under ECHR Art 2, and perhaps as many as 800 allegations of ill-treatment requiring investigation under Art 3.
In its judgments in Ali Zaki Mousa (No. 2) the High Court has directed that inquiries should be held, and has given detailed directions as to their form and procedure. The Committee will be asking Ministry of Defence officials how they intend to carry out those directions, and in particular why the Secretary of State does not want inquiries under the Inquiries Act 2005