Red Cap dad calls for truth into son’s death in Iraq

Corporal Simon Miller
Corporal Simon Miller
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THE dad of a Sunderland Red Cap killed by an Iraqi mob said he hopes a public inqury will finally give him answers 10 years on.

As revealed in yesterday’s Echo, Corporal Simon Miller’s Washington family, along with three others, are to bring a Human Rights Act Claim against the MoD to try to force the inquiry.

Two other Red Caps died in the incident in Iraq in June 2003.

John Miller, father of Cpl Miller, added: “It has been 10 years now, and we still don’t know what happened to our son. We know he was murdered, but we don’t know why it happened or what happened in the preceding hours or days.

“Now we have the vehicle to launch what we see as a legal option to bring this out into the public domain. It is in the public’s interest as well as our own.”

Corporals Russell Aston, 30, and Simon Miller, 21, Lance Corporals Benjamin Hyde, 23, and Tom Keys, 20, Sgt Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, and Cpl Paul Long, 24, of South Shields, were killed when a 400-strong mob descended on a police station in Majar al-Kabir.

An MoD spokesman said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of those killed in this terrible incident.

“However, the circumstances have been investigated extensively and reported on, and no practical purpose would be served by holding a public inquiry.”