One year after the death of British journalist and filmmaker James Miller – shot by Israeli troops while filming in Gaza – his family still have no indication that they will receive a copy of the military police’s report into his death.
And despite pressure on Israel from both the Miller family and the British Government, it remains unclear whether a criminal prosecution will be brought against the Israeli soldier who killed Miller on 2 May 2003.
For the first anniversary of Miller’s death, his widow Sophy and sister Katie Barter were due to fly out to Jerusalem on Thursday to meet Ranaan Gissin, an adviser to Ariel Sharon, as well as representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Israel Defence Force and judge advocate general as part of their ongoing campaign to gain access to the official report into the shooting and to seek full criminal proceedings against the soldiers involved.
It is understood that the military police investigation report is in its final stages and that, on completion, the judge advocate general will decide whether to disclose the findings or indict the soldiers responsible for Miller’s death.
According a representative of the family, Mrs Miller will be seeking assurances from the Israeli government that this happens.
The family will be issuing a statement to mark the anniversary of the journalist’s death
By Wale Azeez