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Judge dismisses soldier’s claim for failure to identify PTSD

21st June 2021

Richard Boyle, instructed by Sevilay Saitoglu of the Government Legal Department, represented the Ministry of Defence in a three day multi-track trial before HHJ Sephton QC. The Claimant suffered from PTSD as a result of traumatic events in Afghanistan but was not diagnosed until three years after his return from the Tour. He stated that he had complained to his Chain of Command about symptoms of PTSD on return from the Tour, however he was not referred to a Medical Officer at that time. He claimed that the resulting delay in diagnosis had exacerbated his condition and sought damages of over £300,000.

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Karim A.A. Khan QC Sworn in as Chief Prosecutor at The ICC

16th June 2021

This morning Karim A.A. Khan QC was sworn in as Chief Prosecutor at The ICC in The Hague.

All of us at TGC warmly congratulate Karim on this prestigious appointment. Karim succeeds Gambian Judge Fatou Bensouda and will serve a 9 year term at the court in The Hague.

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