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Coroner to see secret army report
Iain Hook's UN identity card
Iain Hook was working for the UN when he was killed
The coroner presiding at an inquest on a UN manager shot dead by Israeli special forces is being shown a secret report by the Foreign Office.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean is seeing the Israeli report on Wednesday while the inquest will resume the next day.

Iain Hook, 54, of Felixstowe, Suffolk, was in a UN compound when he was shot by a sniper in Jenin in November 2002.

If the coroner thinks the jury should see the report he may ask the Foreign Office (FCO) to release it.

The FCO, which rejected a request to attend the inquest, has told the coroner that it was given the Israeli army report into the shooting on the condition is was kept confidential.

The coroner said he would read the report to find out if it contained useful evidence not already before the jury.

Dr Peter Hansen
Dr Peter Hansen said 13 UN workers had been shot over four years

On Tuesday Dr Peter Hansen, former Commisioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said that over the last four years 13 UNRWA workers, including Mr Hook, had been shot in similar circumstances by the Israeli army.

Mr Hook was the only non-Palestinian.

On Monday in a statement Paul Wolstenholme, a colleague of Mr Hook who was in the compound at time of the shooting, said the Israeli special forces sniper would have known Mr Hook was not a Palestinian.

'Not mistaken identity'

"It was not a case of mistaken identity, it was a deliberate act," he said.

In a statement read to jurors at the inquest being held at Ipswich Crown Court, Mullem Yusef Jarrar, a camp worker, said someone had recommended that Mr Hook wear a flak jacket.

"He (Mr Hook) said he would not be happy to wear a flak jacket while others did not have one," jurors heard.

The inquest, which the Israeli authorities have declined to attend, continues on Thursday.


SEE ALSO:
UN worker 'refused flak jacket'
13 Dec 05 |  Suffolk
FO turns down UN inquest request
10 Dec 05 |  Suffolk
British UN worker 'shot in back'
14 Feb 03 |  England


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