The Black Triangle campaign in defence of disability rights has hired human rights solicitor Aamer Anwar to act in its legal battle against Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling.
Black Triangle alleges that the former Work and Pensions ministers neglected their duty of trust to a degree that amounts to criminal misconduct according to Scottish law, which differs from the rest of the UK.
The case alleges that the two government ministers failed to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the “fitness for work” test – a failure which may have caused “countless deaths”.
A statement by Black Triangle’s John McArdle reads as follows:
I hereby mandate in full Solicitor Advocate Mr. Aamer Anwar, Aamer Anwar & Co. 63 Carlton Place, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G5 9TW to act on my behalf and represent me in the conduct and liaison with Police Scotland – and all other interested parties to the case as Mr. Anwar should so decide – to undertake all matters arising in the matter of my complaint on behalf of the Black Triangle Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights concerning the alleged criminal misconduct by the named former U.K. ministers at the Department of Work and Pensions in violation of the following offence at Scottish criminal law:
‘It is a crime at common law for a public official, a person entrusted with an official situation of trust, wilfully to neglect his duty, even where no question of danger to the public or to any person is involved.’
Gordon, Criminal Law, 3rd Ed. Vol. II Chapter 44. q.v.
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