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We call upon Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day & Co, to repay the £30million cost to the taxpayer for the unnecessary Al-Sweady inquiry.
The decision by these firms to wait until near the end of the inquiry to withdraw the most serious allegations of murder and unlawful killing needlessly extended the costly investigation. These allegations were the result of "deliberate and calculated lies" from Iraqi witnesses and detainees who were driven by an "ingrained hostility" to the British military.
We also call upon the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate the firms involved for prolonging the inquiry and whether this constitutes a breach of professional standards. This gross misuse of public funds must be investigated by the SRA which has a duty to ensure the highest professional standards within the legal system.