(The Daily Mail ) The Defence Secretary last night said prison was ‘too good’ for disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner as he vowed to do all he can to stop British troops facing a fresh war crimes investigation.
Gavin Williamson said there could not be a ‘witch-hunt’ against servicemen who had risked their lives to defend Britain.
He said Mr Shiner ‘got off lightly’ when he was struck off the roll of solicitors earlier this year for acting dishonestly as he drummed up cases against soldiers.
Earlier this week it emerged UK troops who served in Iraq a decade ago could face a war crimes trial in The Hague – based on evidence supplied by Mr Shiner and his firm Public Interest Lawyers.
The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said there was a ‘reasonable basis’ to believe soldiers had committed war crimes against detainees in Iraq.
But Fatou Bensouda’s announcement was based on a dossier submitted by Mr Shiner, who admitted he had acted recklessly and without integrity.
A tribunal earlier this year found that he should be struck off over 12 charges of misconduct. The National Crime Agency also launched a criminal investigation.