Azara Blog: British court says Israeli soldier murdered British citizen

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Date published: 2006/04/06

The BBC says:

A British cameraman shot dead in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli soldier was murdered, an inquest jury has decided.

James Miller, 34, from Devon, was shot by a soldier from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) while making a film in a Palestinian refugee camp in 2003.

An Israeli investigation in April 2005 cleared a soldier of misusing firearms.

Coroner Andrew Reid had told the jury at St Pancras Coroner's Court, London, on Thursday to return a verdict of unlawful killing.

He said they had to decide in the context of the case whether he had been murdered or was a victim of manslaughter.

After around an hour of deliberation, the jury decided that Mr Miller had been deliberately shot on the night of 2 May 2003.

A jury spokeswoman said: "We, the jury, unanimously agree this was an unlawful shooting with the intention of killing Mr James Miller.

"Therefore we can come to no other conclusion than that Mr Miller was indeed murdered."

What a surprise. A citizen of country A is killed by a soldier of country B. Country B claims it is the fault of the citizen. Country A claims it is the fault of the soldier. No matter the case, foreigners are always deemed to be in the wrong (which is why you never want to get involved with the court system in a foreign country). You have to wonder if the judge and jury would have reached the same conclusion if a British soldier had killed Mr Miller. And Israel might not be the greatest country in the world, but given their circumstances, their soldiers are a lot less trigger happy than the soldiers of many other countries (certainly than American soldiers, who seem to shoot first and ask questions later, again because foreigners don't count).

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