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Gordon Gentle ‘died for a lie’

Issue No. 2077

The ministry of Defence was heavily criticised at the inquest into the death of Gordon Gentle, a soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in June 2004.

The inquest concluded last week with the coroner finding that Gordon had been unlawfully killed.

The inquest heard that Gordon could have been saved by a jamming device that was available to troops but was not fitted to vehicles in Gordon’s unit until the night after he was killed.

Gordon’s mother Rose Gentle campaigned for more than three years for the inquest to take place.

The coroner said that her efforts to tackle a backlog of military inquests had been obstructed by difficulties getting information from the military.

Rose told Socialist Worker, “It took three years, but I am glad the truth is finally out about how Gordon died.

“I still believe that Tony Blair should never have sent the troops to Iraq in the first place – it was a war for a lie.”


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Tue 13 Nov 2007, 17:50 GMT
Issue No. 2077
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