Legal challenge to British Army

A ruling that the British Army acted legally, when it allowed two British soldiers convicted of killing North Belfast teenager Peter McBride to remain in the army is going to be challenged in the courts by British soldiers dismissed for lesser offences.

Madden and Finucane solicitors have appealed against a ruling by Judge Brian Kerr that the Ministry of Defence was not in breach of the law by allowing the two soldiers to remain in their regiment.

The appeal comes as the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry revealed this week that soldiers dismissed for lesser offences such as drug taking, are taking the first steps in a process that could see claims for unfair dismissal against the MoD.

Solicitors from Yorkshire and London have been contacting the centre seeking copies of the ruling after a number of British soldiers came looking for advice from their solicitors.

This move came after the Pat Finucane Centre backed a letter from the dead teenager’s mother, Jean McBride, in the British press asking former soldiers to seek legal advice on their dismissals.