Britain Pardons Soldiers Executed in WWI

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Britain's lawmakers Tuesday granted posthumous pardons for soldiers executed during World War I, ending years of campaigning by the families of men condemned to death for cowardice.

Around 300 soldiers, who were executed during the 1914-1918 conflict for failing to return to the front lines, were included in the pardon. The government has said it is continuing research to identify other soldiers who were brought before firing squads after only summary trials.

The decision to pardon the men was made as part of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which only awaits the guaranteed assent of the queen to become law.

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