Deepcut deaths: Fresh inquest into death of Private Sean Benton to begin

24 January 2018

A fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton – who was found dead at Deepcut barracks in 1995 – will begin at Woking Coroner’s Court today. 

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Private Sean Benton inquest WILL examine evidence of bullying at Deepcut barracks

20 September 2017

A coroner has today ruled that the fresh inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton in 1995 will examine wider allegations of bullying and abuse at Deepcut barracks.

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Sean Benton's case exposes Government plans to abandon human rights as nakedly self-serving

Today is a momentous day for the family of Private Sean Benton, who died at Deepcut barracks in 1995.

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Deepcut deaths: Major decisions expected at first Sean Benton pre-inquest review

15 June 2017

Sean, 20, was found with five bullet wounds to his chest on 9 June 1995 – shortly after he had been told he was to be discharged from the Army. 

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Bullying and discrimination persist in the Armed Forces – the MoD must act

Last week, the Service Complaints Ombudsman Nicola Williams published her first annual report.

It covers her first year in charge of the new Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces (SCOAF) – and it paints a worrying picture of the bullying and discrimination still a very serious problem within our military. 

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Liberty: MoD's "nakedly self-serving" attempt to grant itself immunity will put our soldiers at risk

01 March 2017

Liberty has called on the Ministry of Defence to drop plans to prevent servicemen and women from suing it for negligence, branding them “nakedly self-serving” in its response to the Government’s consultation on the measures.

Proposals for a new compensation scheme would bar soldiers and their families from seeking justice in an independent court when they or their loved ones suffer injury or death, meaning serious negligence or failings on the MoD’s part would never be brought to light.

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Smoke and mirrors at the MoD

Liberty's Emma Norton on why the Ministry of Defence's proposed compensation scheme is about protecting itself, not soldiers.

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Liberty urges Lords to back better justice for troops by extending IPCC oversight to military police

26 October 2016

The House of Lords could take a vital step towards a fair and independent justice system for UK troops today as they debate proposals to bring the three military police forces under the civilian system of police oversight.

An amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrat peers Baroness Jolly and Lord Paddick, would extend the remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to include oversight of military police forces – a move for which Liberty, military families and many others have called for years.

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Royal Military Police formally apologises to family of late Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate her allegation of rape

19 October 2016

The Royal Military Police (RMP) has formally apologised to the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement for failing to properly investigate the allegation of rape she made two years before taking her own life, following the threat of legal action by the family.

In a statement released today, the RMP – the Army’s internal police force – admits that “mistakes were made” in the investigation and that “Anne-Marie deserved better”.

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Armed Forces must send a message that they do not tolerate sexual offending

With Westminster and Whitehall in the midst of a heatwave, and parliamentarians preparing for their summer recess, the publication last Thursday of the first ever set of statistics on sexual offences in the military justice system almost slipped under the radar.

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