Various media report that the Royal Military Police have launched an investigation after it came to light that remains of Service personnel have been retained without the consent or knowledge of their families. | The Guardian reports that the civilian death rate has fallen in Afghanistan for the first time in more than half-a-decade, according to new figures. | The Daily Express has published a letter from a civil servant criticising another reader for labelling civil servants 'desk-bound pen pushers'. | The Daily Telegraph has published broadcaster Sue MacGregor's report on a visit she made to her uncle's grave, 70 years after his death as a Japanese prisoner of war. | The Daily Telegraph also reports that personnel who served on the Libya operation could be awarded a medal.
New inquest to be held into death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement
The Daily Telegraph has reported that a new inquest is to be held into the death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, a military police officer who was found hanged after accusing two colleagues of raping her.
An inquest in March recorded a verdict of suicide. A new inquest has now been ordered by the High Court after her sisters sought a judicial review.
Our thoughts remain with the family of Anne-Marie Ellement at this difficult time. The MOD is aware that the High Court has ordered that a new inquest into Corporal Ellement's death be held. There is also an ongoing Royal Military Police investigation into allegations related to this case and it may in due course be subject to an internal Service Inquiry. It is therefore inappropriate to comment further.