Aborigines to sue British Government over nuclear tests

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Australian aborigines and former servicemen are to sue the British Ministry of Defence over diseases and disabilities that they claim were caused by nuclear testing in the Outback more than 50 years ago.

A group of 250 people, including 150 former servicemen, say they have suffered cancer, skin disease and deformities because of the fallout from blasts.

If they win, the British Government could be faced with a bill for compensation which will run to millions of pounds, according to lawyers for the group, which will be represented by Cherie Booth QC.

British lawyers last week travelled to South Australia, where the tests took place, to prepare the case in conjunction with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and document the stories of people living in the area at the time of the testing.

Lawyers from London firm Hickman & Rose said the families that had come forward so far were "just the tip of the iceberg" and that they expected many more to follow....

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