Defence Committee

Statute of limitations – veterans protection inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published on Monday 22 July 2019. Awaiting Government Response.

Report published

The Committee welcomes recent Government suggestions that it will adopt a ‘presumption against prosecution’ for alleged offences in operations overseas more than ten years ago, in the absence of compelling new evidence, and that – in future conflicts – it will derogate from parts of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Government response published

Scope of the inquiry

Committee investigation into the question of how former service personnel can be protected from the spectre of investigation and re-investigation for events that happened many years, and often decades, earlier.


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