Major Robert Campbell – cleared after 17 years – where’s the apology?

A British ex-soldier has been cleared over the death of an Iraqi teenager, after 17 years of investigations.
Saeed Shabram’s family say he drowned after being forced into a river by UK soldiers in Basra in 2003.

But a report published on Thursday By The Right Hon. Baroness Hallett D.B.E. said there was no reliable evidence that soldiers were responsible.
Maj Robert Campbell, one of the accused soldiers, said he had “finally been exonerated” but that the allegations had “destroyed” his career.
None of the soldiers were ever charged over the death, despite a criminal inquiry by military police and further investigations by the now defunct Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT).
But Mr Shabram’s death became the subject of a judge-led inquiry by the Iraq Fatalities Investigations team.

Commenting on the case, Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester said:

“I have acted for Robert Campbell for over 6 years. In that time, I’ve got to know him pretty well and have witnessed first-hand the toll these accusations have taken on him and how his health has suffered as a result.

“It saddens me that it has taken him 17 years to clear his name, during which time he has been subject to 8 investigations putting his life, career and health on hold.

“This man has been put under immense strain. I simply do not understand the assumption that the British military are ‘rotten to the core’. My view is the MoD and civil service bear a huge responsibility. They have failed in their duty of care towards this man, who at the very least deserves a very public apology so his reputation is restored.”