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Inquiry blocked; BRITAIN TODAY COURTS.

TWO High Court judges yesterday blocked attempts to force a public inquiry into the killing in Malaya of 24 rubber plantation workers by British troops in 1948.

Victims' relatives described the shootings at Batang Kali, Malaya, as a "massacre" and judges said allegations against members of the Scots Guards were "as serious as it is possible to make".

But Sir John Thomas - president of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, who sat with Mr Justice Treacy - said it would be "very difficult at this point in time" to establish whether the shootings were "deliberate executions".

The judges said an inquiry would cost more than pounds 1m and it was "very questionable" whether "much can be learnt".
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2012
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