Murdered red caps' families in fresh inquest bid

Essex County Standard: LCpl Ben Hyde. LCpl Ben Hyde.

THE families of soldiers murdered in Iraq are demanding a fresh inquest is held into their deaths because new evidence has emerged.

The relatives of Corporals Simon Miller and Russell Aston and Lance Corporals Benjamin Hyde and Thomas Keys have written to the Attorney General, seeking a new investigation into their deaths.

The four Red Caps, who were based at Colchester Garrison, were killed alongside two other Royal Military Policemen near Basra in June 2003 when they were set upon by Iraqis outside a police station.

The families are also calling for the initial inquest verdict of unlawful killing to be quashed.

During that inquest, it was ruled that the troops were killed between 10.30am and 11am on June 24, 2003.

But John Hyde, father of LCpl Hyde, said new evidence from Iraqis at the scene proves the men were alive past 11am and could even have survived until 12pm, which means something could have been done to save them.

He added: “Standing orders state soldiers should carry a mobile phone and 150 rounds of ammunition.

“These boys had no phone and 50 rounds of ammunition.

“Our hope is by having a fresh inquest, a lot of information which was not considered admissible in the first inquest will be heard, that includes information the Army doesn’t want brough into the public domain.”

A Ministry of Defence statement said: ‘Our thoughts are with the families of those killed in this tragic incident.

‘We remain committed to keeping the families informed of any progress in this case.

‘It is not for the MoD to question the findings of the coroner’s inquest.”

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9:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Out of interest how many innocent Afghanistanis died in the war we helped start? The figure in Iraq is over 100, 000 innocent Iraqis died...
Out of interest how many innocent Afghanistanis died in the war we helped start? The figure in Iraq is over 100, 000 innocent Iraqis died... Jack222
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1:31am Fri 21 Feb 14

Boris says...

Jack222 wrote:
Out of interest how many innocent Afghanistanis died in the war we helped start? The figure in Iraq is over 100, 000 innocent Iraqis died...
The answer is: many thousands. Google "afghanistan civilian deaths", read the Wikipedia article, and use your arithmetical skills. For Iraq, google "iraq civilian deaths", and the estimate is about 115,000, up to December 2011.
Obviously this is utterly shameful for Britain, the USA and all the other countries which attacked Afghanistan and Iraq.
However, the British soldiers in this story were murdered, rather than killed in action. Soldiers occupying a foreign country which they have just invaded are obviously exposed to this risk, so such deaths are to be expected.
The implications of this inquest are not clear, but it is important for the families, so we must respect that.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Out of interest how many innocent Afghanistanis died in the war we helped start? The figure in Iraq is over 100, 000 innocent Iraqis died...[/p][/quote]The answer is: many thousands. Google "afghanistan civilian deaths", read the Wikipedia article, and use your arithmetical skills. For Iraq, google "iraq civilian deaths", and the estimate is about 115,000, up to December 2011. Obviously this is utterly shameful for Britain, the USA and all the other countries which attacked Afghanistan and Iraq. However, the British soldiers in this story were murdered, rather than killed in action. Soldiers occupying a foreign country which they have just invaded are obviously exposed to this risk, so such deaths are to be expected. The implications of this inquest are not clear, but it is important for the families, so we must respect that. Boris
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8:10am Fri 21 Feb 14

the mighty wah says...

Since when has Basra been in Afghanistan?? (ref top of article)
Since when has Basra been in Afghanistan?? (ref top of article) the mighty wah
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12:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Sacrificed is the only word to use.lhope these families keep at the mod.the truth will out in the end just like the liverpool fans.
Sacrificed is the only word to use.lhope these families keep at the mod.the truth will out in the end just like the liverpool fans. stevedawson
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12:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Boris says...

the mighty wah wrote:
Since when has Basra been in Afghanistan?? (ref top of article)
Yes, I noticed that too, but for the Gazette, both Iraq and Afghanistan are "faraway countries of which we know little".
[quote][p][bold]the mighty wah[/bold] wrote: Since when has Basra been in Afghanistan?? (ref top of article)[/p][/quote]Yes, I noticed that too, but for the Gazette, both Iraq and Afghanistan are "faraway countries of which we know little". Boris
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