Live by the sword…

NONE of the online news reports of the inquest into the unlawful killing in Iraq of a former paratrooper who lived in Belfast seem to have mentioned his past. Working as a security consultant for Kroll Inc in Baghdad after leaving the army, Dolman, originally from Nottingham, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004. However, two years ago, a BBC programme accused Dolman of firing the shots in Iraq which lead to the murders of six Red Caps. The MoD cleared him, but families of the victims accused it of a cover-up . Coincidentally, documents were released today suggesting the British rejected a plan to carry out arrests in Iraq for fear of stoking up controversy. Dolman, a sniper, had been previously investigated for the killing of two civilians in Kosovo. No charges were brought by Military Police, but two survivors successfully sued the MoD at a civil trial and it was ordered to pay an estimated £100,000 in damages.