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UK military knew of dangers to soldiers in Australia’s nuclear bomb tests

Lawyers believe the papers could be the “smoking gun” that proves military chiefs knew they were sending servicemen to their deaths when they made them watch atomic blasts 50 years ago.

Release of secret documents that could bring justice to nuclear bomb veterans ordered   – mirror.co.uk, By Susie Boniface 7/11/2010 A judge has ordered the release of top secret documents that could bring justice to Britain’s nuclear bomb veterans.

Lawyers believe the papers could be the “smoking gun” that proves military chiefs knew they were sending servicemen to their deaths when they made them watch atomic blasts 50 years ago.

But in an extraordinary clash between the Government and the judiciary, defence secretary Liam Fox has refused to give them up. Judge Hugh Stubbs ordered the disclosure during a tribunal hearing to decide if 16 vets and their widows should receive a war pension. But MoD lawyers said they had been instructed “not to comply”.

The case is backed by the Royal British Legion, among others. In a parallel action, veterans are suing the MoD for negligence.

Mr Fox has until November 30 to release the 500 files.

Release of secret documents that could bring justice to nuclear bomb veterans ordered – mirror.co.uk

November 8, 2010 - Posted by | secrets,lies and civil liberties, UK | , , , , , , ,

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