THE Defence Secretary has slammed Labour calls for a pause to legislation designed to protect our boys from prosecution.
Ben Wallace branded it a “slap in the face to veterans” after his opposition shadow said new measures to protect troops breached human rights laws.
The planned Overseas Operations Bill due before MPs next month enshrines a “statutory presumption against prosecution” after five years to all forces, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It has been drawn up to protect troops from vexatious complaints drummed up by tank chasing lawyers.
But Labour’s John Healey said: “This clearly creates the risk that serious violations could go unpunished if an incident does not come to light for five years or if investigations are drawn out beyond that deadline.”
But Mr Wallace told HOAR: “Labour’s new found facade of supporting our armed forces has been exposed for what it is – fake.”
He added: “Pausing the bill is a slap in the face to veterans who have gone through the turmoil of dealing with vexatious claims.”
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