Defence minister Des Browne is under renewed pressure to secure co-operation from the US military into the investigation into the death of an ITN reporter shot by American troops in Iraq.
Terry Lloyd was unlawfully killed by US marines near Basra in the early days of the Iraq war, a coroner ruled on Friday. Mr Lloyd's family has called on Mr Browne to help identify the soldiers responsible and, if possible, bring them to trial.
Louis Charalambous, the family's solicitor, said Mr Lloyd's widow Lynn had requested a meeting with Mr Browne to ask him to push his US counterparts to allow British investigators access to the soldiers involved. Mr Charlambous said: "If the US military won't allow independent scrutiny of their actions, they clearly have something to hide. Their conduct is as despicable as that of the soldiers on the ground."
Paul McLaughlin of the National Union of Journalists echoed the appeal. He said: "We want the Government to formally request the US to release the names of those involved."
The US military refused to allow soldiers to give oral evidence at the inquest and provided video footage of the shooting that had 15 minutes edited from it.Reuse content