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Archive for July 29th, 2009

MPs’ expenses: new allowance defied official watchdog Sir Christopher Kelly
Telegraph: MPs decided to press ahead with a controversial new allowance that lets them claim thousands of pounds without producing receipts in defiance of Sir Christopher Kelly, head of the official sleaze watchdog.

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Model’s ‘monster’ boyfriend guilty of stabbing her to death
Independent: A former football coach with a history of violence against women has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, a young model who named her killer as she lay dying.

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Ex-detainee sues UK for role in his rendition
Independent: A former Guantanamo Bay detainee has launched legal action against the Government for its alleged role in his “extraordinary rendition”.

Mohammed Saad Iqbal Madni, a Pakistani citizen, said a CIA flight carrying him to Egypt refuelled on the British Indian Ocean island territory of Diego Garcia.

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Rock shareholders lose legal challenge
Independent: Former shareholders in nationalised bank Northern Rock failed today in a renewed legal challenge to the Government’s “zero return” compensation scheme.

The Court of Appeal in London dismissed an appeal by individual shareholders – including current and retired employees of the Newcastle-based bank – and two hedge funds which also stand to lose out, who had attacked the scheme as “unlawful, unfair and manifestly disproportionate”….

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MoD under fire for trying to cut compensation to injured soldiers
Times: The mother of a young British soldier who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan attacked the Ministry of Defence today for appealing against compensation awarded to two injured soldiers.

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