Mil News Ex-soldier in human rights claim


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Feb 29, 2004
The government has been accused of breaching the human rights of an ex-soldier who was exposed to mustard gas at Porton Down more than 40 years ago.
Thomas Roche, 65, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, claims he was unable to work after he was exposed to nerve agent experiments in the 1960s.

He has had several previous attempts for compensation refused.

The case has now been brought before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

'Fair trial'

Mr Roche's lawyers said he had been denied access to his medical records and information about the experiments, which took place at the Porton Down laboratories on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

They said the government breached the Human Rights Convention by using the Crown Proceedings Act 1947 to prevent him suing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for negligence.

The act blocks any such proceedings concerning events before 1987.

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