'Significant step' towards justice for James Miller

The information sought by the Israeli authorities relates to analysis conducted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police using film footage from the scene of Miller’s death.

In April 2006, a London jury at St Pancras Coroners Court returned a verdict of unlawful killing and said that Miller, 34, had been murdered.

The coroner wrote to then attorney general Lord Goldsmith inviting him to ‘consider starting criminal proceedings in the UK against members of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) for an offence of willful killing”.

Giving evidence at Miller’s inquest in London, former weapons inspector Chris Cobb-Smith said there was no way the Israeli soldier who killed the cameraman did so by accident.

‘This was calculated and cold-blooded murder, without a shadow of a doubt,’he said. ‘These shots were not fired by a soldier who was frightened, not fired by a soldier facing incoming fire – these were slow, deliberate, calculated and aimed shots.”

The 10-member inquest jury heard how Miller had been wearing a helmet and flak jacket with the letters ‘TV’written in bright fluorescent tape as he approached the soldiers at around 11pm on 2 May 2003.

He was holding a torch which shone on a large white flag being held by his interpreter.

A shot was fired, followed by a second fatal shot 12 to 13 seconds later, the inquest heard.

In response to Tuesday’s news, James Miller’s family said: ‘We are very pleased that General Mazuz has replied within the time limit set out in Lord Goldsmith’s letter.

‘This information has for the most part been in the possession of the Israeli investigators for more than four years.

‘We will look on with interest to see whether Israel will seek to undermine the expertise of the Metropolitan Police’s acoustic examination, or perhaps this will be the first significant step towards Israel pursuing justice.”

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