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More Robust Court Martials?

British troops accused of breaking the law face more rigorous prosecution in wholesale changes to the system for preparing cases for courts martial.

The reforms, being implemented by a criminal lawyer rather than a military figure, come after the collapse of charges over the death of an Iraqi held by British Forces in Basra.

All military lawyers are to have enhanced training in advocacy skills and closer links are to be forged with military police to give a better chance of convictions in serious cases.

The tougher approach to prosecuting members of the Armed Forces who commit crimes is to be initiated by Bruce Houlder, QC, who took over yesterday as the first civilian in charge of military prosecutions. Formerly a top criminal barrister, he becomes independent director of Service prosecutions for all three Armed Forces, with the amalgamation of the separate prosecuting authorities for the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
More here: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article5430038.ece

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