Brecon prosecution a disgrace

The Daily Mail is reporting that special forces soldiers in charge of a test march in which three reservists collapsed and died in the Brecon Beacons could be prosecuted.

A police file against two elite troops, known only by the ciphers 1A and 1B, has now been passed to the military’s prosecution service to decide if they should face a court marital.

The prosecution of individual soldiers on the ground is a disgrace when the MoD as a corporation has escaped its responsibilities because it enjoys crown censorship meaning that they would have faced prosecution if they were not indemnified.

Parliament in their Inquiry Beyond Endurance agreed with my submission that crown censure should be removed in cases where there is such a blatant disregard for life. In Brecon the men on the ground, including 1A and 1B, were following orders but there were systematic failings in training and information from the top.

 

Hilary Meredith