England Goes Totally Off Its Nut
An Iraqi teenager accidentally shot by a British soldier is to receive £2m, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
The man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – will receive the payout after suffering severe spinal injuries which have left him paralysed.
The payout is higher than anything paid to any British troops injured in Iraq.
The MoD said it was “not a precedent, it is an exceptional case”, but admitted similar payouts were possible in the future.
The man was wounded in September 2003 when a British soldier, whom he had befriended, accidentally dropped his gun, making the weapon go off.
The Iraqi, who was aged 13 at the time of the accident, later moved to the UK where he began legal action through the British courts.
I must go find my jaw now.
It didn’t just drop. It fell onto the floor and rolled away …