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Hammond and Grieve at odds over Nightingale case

Hammond and Grieve at odds over Nightingale case
The Defence Secretary and Attorney General are at odds after Dominic Grieve refused a request to review the case of an imprisoned soldier.

Downing Street briefed today that Attorney General Mr Grieve did have sympathy for the soldier in question, but indicated that his hands were tied.

Asked if Mr Grieve had sympathy for Sgt Danny Nightingale's family, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "Yes... He's aware of the case and that this is an indiviudal who has served in the armed forces for many years".

But the spokesman also said that "clearly due process has to be followed".

Defence Secretary Mr Hammond wrote to Mr Grieve, asking him to review the case of Sgt Nightingale, who was imprisoned for 18 months for possessing a "war gift" pistol. But Mr Grieve said it would be "inappropriate" for him to interfere.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has also weighed in to the row, saying military courts should use "common sense" in the case.

"It's very difficult for a person who is Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor to pass judgement on an individual case and it's also a military tribunal, The one thing I would say is every judge whether in a civil court, a criminal court, are all in a military tribunal and a Court Marshall would use use common sense in the judgements they find," he said.

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