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Hit and Run authors responds to deeply disappointing Bill English decision on SAS raid


“In the past two weeks since Hit and Run was published there have been calls for an independent inquiry from New Zealanders from all sides on the political spectrum. It is disappointing and concerning that Bill English has refused.”

“When the book came out Jon Stephenson and I emphasised that Bill English had no responsibility for the deeds done in 2010 and so was in a good position to offer aid to the Afghan villages and launch a proper inquiry. But he has joined the people trying to hide and dodge over what happened.”

“I believe this decision is the result of military pressure on the government: the tail wagging the dog. That is not good for the country.”

"Bill English is an experienced minister who knows the difference between being shown selective information by an interested party, as he has been by the defence force, and having an independent inquiry. This does not appear not a rational decision based on evidence; it is helping the military bureaucracy to avoid having to front up. It is the next step in the seven year cover up."

“But, most of all, Bill English has just ensured that the issue will continue to boil and fester. It is not going to go away until it is properly addressed.”

Latest news: Monday 3 April

Nicky Hager hits back after Bill English rules out inquiry into SAS raid - One News

Bill English says no inquiry into Hit & Run claims – his reasons, and Hager’s response - The Spinoff

New Zealand PM rules out probe into deadly Afghan raid - Gulf News

Govt bowing to military pressure over inquiry: Hager - Newstalk ZB

PM rules out probe into Afghan raid - AAP

'No basis' for Afghan raid inquiry - PM - RNZ

PM: No inquiry into SAS allegations in Afghanistan - NZ Herald

PM grilled in parliament over SAS raid - NZ Newswire

No inquiry into Afghan raid claims - PM - RNZ

Prime Minister will not launch Afghan raid inquiry after Hit and Run - Newshub

No inquiry needed over Hit & Run allegations, PM says - NBR

No inquiry into Hit & Run allegations: PM - Newstalk ZB

Bill English: 'There is no basis for an inquiry' into SAS raid in Afghanistan - TVNZ

No basis for probe into Hager book allegations, says English - Stuff

Soldiers' honour hinges on inquiry - Transparency International - RNZ

Likely there will be an inquiry into SAS-led raid - The Gisborne Herald

PM to make Afghan raid announcement - RNZ

SAS 'atrocity' book authors accuse PM of allowing issue to 'fester' - Asia Pacific Report

Decision on SAS inquiry imminent: English - NZ Newswire

Decision on SAS inquiry coming soon - NZ Herald

Why Are We in Afghanistan? - Scoop

Bill Ralston: Calling the shots - The Listener

Hit and Run author responds to deeply disappointing Bill English decision on SAS raid - The Daily Blog

Military chief's Op Burnham account highlights key Afghan legal concerns - Asia Pacific Report

Latest news: Sunday 2 April