The disgraced lawyer who led the witch hunt against Iraq war veterans failed to convince a disciplinary tribunal that he was too unwell to attend, it has been revealed.
Phil Shiner was struck off the solicitor roll after pursuing a decade-long “witch hunt” against innocent British soldiers in Iraq which prompted a failed £100m taxpayer-funded investigation into allegations of abuse and torture of Iraqis.
A 78-page document released this week reveals how the 60-year-old dodged his hearing by appearing to embellish his financial difficulties and health.
“The tribunal was not satisfied that the respondent was too unwell to attend or unfit to participate,” wrote panel chairwoman Nicola Lucking.
“Not only did the medical evidence not support the respondent’s assertion, it tended to point in the other direction.”
The report wrote how Mr Shiner handed the panel a letter from his GP, dated in December, and a second from January, which simply read: “He remains unfit to perform any form of work.”
But Ms Lucking said the January letter, which made no reference to the legal proceedings and was not addressed to the tribunal, “did not go into sufficient detail”.
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