Dead filmmaker's family to launch legal action

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The family of the award winning British filmmaker James Miller, shot dead by an Israeli soldier in Gaza two years ago, is to launch a civil action for unlawful killing after learning that the soldier who opened fire will not be prosecuted.

The family of the award winning British filmmaker James Miller, shot dead by an Israeli soldier in Gaza two years ago, is to launch a civil action for unlawful killing after learning that the soldier who opened fire will not be prosecuted.

The family said it was told by by the military authorities in Tel Aviv that the armoured personnel carrier commander who shot Mr Miller would be subject to disciplinary action only for changing his story and breaking the rules of engagement.

The decision has been made despite the admission of the Army's Judge Advocate-General Avi Mandelblit that there was no other gunfire when Mr Miller, who was making a film about Palestinian children in Rafah, was killed, and that the APC commander was the only soldier to have opened fire.

Mr Miller's sister Anne said that "conclusive evidence" of eye witnesses and AP television film had been "destroyed, sabotaged or, at best, ignored" by the Army.

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