We have enormous sympathy and the greatest respect for those who have acted with such determination and industry on behalf of the claimant; the case has been conducted on behalf of the claimant with great skill and very considerable restraint and economy….They have substantially succeeded on the issue… and in that success they have sustained a very important public interest under the Convention that otherwise might have gone by default.  We cannot stress too highly our indebtedness to the claimant’s legal team and the necessity for the highest quality of legal representation in cases involving such difficult issues relating to important matters of real public interest.  R (Ali Zaki Mousa (No.2)) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 2941(Admin). Judgment dated 02.10.2013

Rt Hon Sir John Thomas and Honourable Mr Justice Silber
 
 

Ali Zaki Mousa Reaction to his Victory in the Court of Appeal

This release is further to the release of earlier today detailing the successful challenge to the independence of the Royal Military Police.

 

Ali Zaki Mousa, the lead Claimant, said today:

 

I am delighted with the victory because I always believed that the Royal Military Police would be biased in its investigations of the soldiers.  It is part of the army.

 

When we suffered a lot under the British Army and witnessed a catalogue of abuses, we had the impression that that is what Britain is.  But thanks to the efforts of our lawyers and the victories in the courts this has changed our impression.  We can see that there are the actions of the British soldiers and that is one thing; then there is British society and that is something else.  It has restored our confidence in the British people.


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