Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mother of Murdered Red Cap Calls for Inquiry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mother of Murdered Red Cap Calls for Inquiry

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THE mother of a Red Cap murdered in Iraq has called for an independent inquiry into his death.

Patricia Long says a review is her only remaining hope of bringing the killers to justice after a judge acquitted two Iraqis who had been due to stand trial for the crime.

Cpl Paul Long, 24, who had lived in South Shields, was killed alongside Washington soldier Cpl Simon Miller, 21, and four others when a mob of up to 400 enraged Iraqis attacked them in the street, in 2003.

After a seven-year wait, families of the victims had hoped suspects arrested in Iraq would face trial, but on Sunday a top judge in Baghdad said their was insufficient evidence for the case to continue.

Last night Mrs Long, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, said a review of what happened to her son was needed to keep alive any hopes of justice.

Mrs Long said: "I thought the hearing was just going to be formality. They had the men in custody for so long I don't understand, how suddenly it was all over and done with so quickly. …

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