Miller family hope for Beckett action

Sophy Miller, the wife of James Miller, the British film-maker shot in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces in May 2003, is hopeful that new British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will take action on the case.

Following a meeting with Beckett, Miller said: "We were pleased to be able to meet the Foreign Secretary in her first week in the post.

"We are hopeful that this meeting signals a commitment from our Government to exact action from the Israeli authorities, something we have waited for for over three years.

"She has undertaken to write to Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni, requiring Israel to undertake a Commission of Enquiry into the killing of James.

"Ms Beckett will put all the points raised in the letter issued by coroner Andrew Reid following the verdict of murder at his inquest in April."

These points are: that the shots which killed Miller were fired with "deliberate intent", that the officer believed to have killed him is still serving and that the Israeli government should appoint an independent commission of enquiry.

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