23 June 2009
MoD faces compensation claims over deaths of servicemen in vehicles
The families of four servicemen killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
They claim that their relatives were exposed to too much risk because the Snatch Land Rovers they were travelling in were too lightly armoured to cope with the weapons being used against them, the BBC reports.
Such vehicles are used on operations where troops require quick land transport.
According to the families, the MoD, which has an annual budget in excess of £32 billion, was negligent in allowing their use.
In addition, they claim the MoD's failure to provide adequate protection was a breach of the soldiers' human rights.
According to their legal representatives, a recent court of appeal ruling that the Human Rights Act can apply to the battlefield supports their cases.
The MoD, however, maintains that the vehicles are vital pieces of equipment and are suitable for the roles they fulfil.