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Radio NZ: Operation Burnham Inquiry: Hit & Run authors to present at public hearing

Nicky Hager, whose book Hit & Run sparked an inquiry into New Zealand Defence Force actions in Afghanistan, will make two presentations at the second public phase of an inquiry into what happened. The Operation Burnham Inquiry is investigating allegations that six civilians were killed in Afghanistan during a New Zealand-led raid in 2010, and

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Radio NZ: High Court turns down Afghanistan villagers’ request

The High Court has refused to allow lawyers representing Afghanistan villagers to seek further information from the government inquiry into Operation Burnham. The inquiry is investigating allegations that New Zealand soldiers killed six Afghanistan civilians during a military operation in 2010 and the military then covered up what happened. Those allegations were the subject of

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Radio NZ: Operation Burnham inquiry: Afghani villagers’ lawyers ask for info release

Afghanistan villagers, who claim to have lost relatives in a military operation involving New Zealand soldiers, need to be front and centre of an inquiry into the incident, a lawyer says. Operation Burnham is investigating allegations that New Zealand soldiers killed six Afghan civilians during a military operation in 2010 and the military then covered up

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Stuff: Operation Burnham: Lawyers for Afghan villagers fail first High Court challenge

Lawyers for the Afghan villagers caught up in Operation Burnham have failed in the first High Court challenge of the secretive inquiry. An attempt to reveal details of who was being nterviewed behind closed doors was denied by Justice Rebecca Ellis on Tuesday. In the Wellington High Court on Monday, lawyers for the villagers argued detail was essential

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Stuff: Operation Burnham: Lawyer for Afghan villagers seeks a halt to closed hearings

The $7 million Operation Burnham inquiry is facing another hurdle as lawyers for the Afghan villagers ask for details of witnesses to be disclosed. The controversial inquiry, which is inspecting claims made in the book Hit & Run that SAS soldiers killed six civilians in the 2010 operation, has been heard mostly behind closed doors. Lawyers for the

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Stuff: Protesters target Hit & Run inquiry with huge ‘farce’ banner

A resounding vote of no confidence met those arriving at the public hearing into the SAS’s role in deaths of six Afghan civilians with a large banner claiming the inquiry is a “farce”. Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Sir Terence Arnold, a retired Supreme Court judge, are chairing an inquiry into claims made in the Hit &

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