A recent article in the Daily Telegraph, (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/northernireland/11566363/Army-general-sued-over-1973-loyalist-murder.html) states that a senior General is being sued by a widow of a Catholic man killed by loyalists at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
General Sir Frank Kitson, who is now 88, is accused of knowingly allowing loyalist groups to conduct criminal actions during the Troubles.
This story, like so many on this topic, is inaccurate as it is mixing up the repeal of S10 of the Armed Forces (Crown Proceedings) Act in 1987 and the rights of our own soldiers to sue the Ministry of Defence if injured out of combat. The fact is that most conflicts will be combat immune and free from prosecution. It is Human Rights law that is paving the way for civilian to sue Ministry of Defence.
Read my previous blogs on this subject here –