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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Police inquiry into Gaza shooting
James Miller
James Miller was shot in the neck
Two British detectives are to investigate the death of a cameraman who was shot dead in the Middle East.

Film footage taken by 34-year-old James Miller from Braunton, Devon, while he was in Gaza is being shown on a television documentary on Tuesday.

He was shot in the neck, even though he was waving a white flag. His widow believes it was deliberate.

An investigation has been carried out by the Israeli military police but the findings have not been released.

Co-operation sought

Two detectives from the Metropolitan force will carry out further investigations in Britain and possibly Israel.

The officers were requested by London coroner Dr Andrew Reid.

They will also look into the death of peace activist Tom Hurndall, 22, from Tufnell Park, north London, who was shot in Gaza on 11 April last year as he led Palestinian children to safety.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the officer in charge of the investigations was Supt Trevor Albutt, who will be working under the coroner's direction.

We were told that if the report is published, it will only be the conclusions
Sophy Miller

Mr Miller, who was married with two children, was making a documentary film in Rafah about how children are affected when they live in areas devastated by terrorism and war.

His widow Sophy, who believes it was an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldier who killed her husband, has been campaigning for justice since the shooting on 2 May 2003.

Mrs Miller flew out to the Middle East recently for meetings with senior officials, but says she is still not getting any answers.

She said: "We had a meeting with the IDF and the Judge Advocate General.

"The military police investigation has been completed, but we were told that if the report is published, it will only be the conclusions.

'Critical stage'

"We have been pressing for full disclosure. Without transparency it would be impossible to say if their investigation was full or thorough."

She has asked the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, to urge the Israeli government to cooperate fully with the British investigation.

She said Mr Straw had promised last year on behalf of the UK government to pursue a transparent inquiry.

"I've asked him to honour that pledge," she said. "We are disappointed with the lack of actual action that this government has taken.

"We ask them now at this critical stage to support us and defend James' case and his right for justice."

Channel 4 television will broadcast "Death in Gaza", produced with Mr Miller's own footage, at 2240 BST on Tuesday.




SEE ALSO:
Cameraman's widow tells of fight
02 May 04  |  Middle East
Film-maker's widow lobbies Israel
30 Apr 04  |  Middle East


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