David Cameron chastises lawyers over Iraq war claims

British PM calls for action on 'industry trying to profit from spurious claims' against UK troops accused of committing war crimes in Iraq

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has slammed legal firms filing “spurious” allegations against veterans of the UK troops who fought in the Iraq war.

Cameron said in a statement on Friday that he ordered ministers to prepare "a comprehensive plan to stamp out this industry".

"It's unacceptable and no way to treat the people who risk their lives to keep our country safe. It has got to end," Cameron said.

Earlier this month, London-based Leigh Day - one of the accused law firms - was referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which determines breaches of the rules and regulations governing lawyers. 


It is clear that there is now an industry trying to profit from spurious claims lodged against our brave servicemen and...

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According to Cameron, the plan against the law firms may include a "broader legislative package" that may "strengthen the investigative powers and penalties" that can be used against law firms which he said were abusing the system."

Leigh Day, known for representing Iraqi litigants, denied the allegations concerning its works.

“We have a system in this country that enables people to obtain justice if they have suffered abuse, damage or loss at the hands of anyone.” he said.

“No-one is above the law, not us, not the British army and not the government. We cannot imagine that the prime minister is proposing that this should change." he added.

UK Ministry of Defence established a unit called the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) in 2010 in order to inquire into accusations of murder, abuse, and torture by its troops during the Second Gulf War, which covered at least 1,514 cases.

In 2014, the International Criminal Court in The Hague reopened a preliminary examination of allegations of "systematic detainee abuse" by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.

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