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Victims of the Tunisian terror attack
are considering legal action against the
tour operators and hotel owners at the
resort where 30 British tourists were
Nine sur vivors have instructed lawyers
to begin investigations into the atrocity
amid concern over the lack of security in
Seifeddine Rezgui, 23, a jihadi terrorist,
went on the rampage on June 26, armed
with a Kalashnikov rifle, killing 38
tourists, most of them British. Armed
also with home-made bombs and
grenades, his killing spree stopped only
when he ran out of ammunition.
The attack followed a series of terrorist
incidents in Tunisia, including a failed
attempt to blow up tourists on the same
stretch of beach in October 2013 and the
attack on the Bardo National Museum
in Tunis in March in which 23 people,
including 19 tourists, died.
Sur vivors complained they were told
by tour operators it was safe to travel
to Tunisia. An audit by Olivier Guitta,
a terrorism expert, found evidence of 50
terrorist attacks in Tunisia since 2013.
Irwin Mitchell, one of the country’s
biggest law firms dealing with personal
injury claims, has been instructed by
sur vivors to begin its own inquiry, not
least into whether tourists were made
aware of the dangers of travelling to the
Legal claims by victims and their
families could total tens of millions of
Clive Garner, head of Irwin Mitchell’s
international personal injury team, said:
“ Now the remaining tourists have come
home, questions need to be answered as
to whether the security measures on the
beach and in the surrounding hotels in
Sousse at the time of the attack were at
an appropriate level.
“British holidaymakers and other
witnesses have raised concerns about the
lack of visible security in and around the
resort, which is at odds with the level of
threat in the region. We think there are
areas worthy of investigation.”
Sur vivor Kirsty Murray, 25, remains in
hospital in the United Kingdom after
being shot in both legs. She also suffered
shrapnel injuries following an explosion
at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel.
The nursery worker and her fiancee,
Radley Ruszkiewicz, were sunbathing
by the hotel’s pool when Rezgui entered,
having already murdered a number of
tourists on the beach.
Miss Murray’s father Neil, from
Colchester in Essex, said: “From my
experience of being out there just hours
after the attack happened, I feel there are
unanswered questions about the security
in and around the area.
“That close to Libya and Algeria where
there have also been incidents in recent
years, I’d have thought security would be
Just over a month before the attack,
an armed group which has claimed
allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq
and the Levant (Isil), tweeted a warning
to Western tourists.
It said: “ To the Christians planning
their summer vacations in Tunisia, we
can’t accept you in our land while your
jets keep killing our Muslim Brothers in
Iraq & Sham [the Levant]. But if you
insist on coming, then beware because
we are planning for you something that
will make you forget Bardo attack.”
TUI, the travel conglomerate that owns
Thomson, the tour operator, and the
Imperial Marhaba hotel, has confirmed
that 33 of the fatal victims were its
customers, including all 30 Britons.
A Thomson spokesman said the
company had stepped up security in the
wake of the Bardo museum attack in
March and that it had followed Foreign
Office travel advice, which did not
prohibit travel to Tunisia.
The Foreign Office travel advice to
Tunisia after the Bardo attack did not
explicitly prohibit travelling to the area
but it stated: “ There is a high threat from
terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks
could be indiscriminate, including in
places visited by foreigners.”
The Foreign Office now advises “against
all but essential travel” to Tunisia. — AP
No apology from unrepentant Trump over McCain gaffe
A defiant Donald Trump has
refused to apologise for dismissing
the military record of Senator John
McCain, a former prisoner of war.
The billionaire businessman said
McCain — a decorated aviator who
was tortured while spending five
years in a prison camp — did not
deser ve hero status for his Vietnam
War ser vice.
“ No, not at all,” Trump told ABC’s
This Week programme overnight,
when asked if he owed McCain an
Trump’s comments were front page
news in the United States and the
hot topic in talk shows, with fellow
White House hopefuls queueing up
to verbally attack the tycoon.
On Saturday, Trump told a
gathering of social conser vative
activists in the Midwestern State
of Iowa that McCain, the 2008
Republican presidential candidate,
was “not a war hero”.
“He’s a war hero because he was
captured. I like people that weren’t
McCain, 78, was captured during
a bombing raid over Vietnam in
October 1967. The business tycoon
Trump has never ser ved in the US
Trump, who going into the
weekend was the frontrunner in a
crowded field of 15 candidates for the
Republican presidential nomination,
was typically unrepentant yesterday.
“ When I left the room, it was a total
standing ovation. It was wonderful to
see. Nobody was insulted,” he said of
the reception to his comments.
“ What happened is, later on, the
Republican candidates, some of
whom are registering 1% and zero,
and they ’re very upset that I’m
leading the polls by actually a nice
margin, they’re extremely upset.” —
A bush fire that swept across
a busy California motor way,
sending people running for
their lives, was calmed by rain
overnight, allowing some crews to
be shifted to another blaze that
forced hundreds of campers to
evacuate, including a Girl Scout
The rain and lower temperatures
helped pacify the fire that burned
yesterday over Interstate 15 in
Cajon Pass, a mountainous area
88km north-east of Los Angeles.
The fire destroyed 20 vehicles
on the freeway linking Southern
California and Las Vegas before
burning three homes and 44 more
vehicles in the community of
The fire was 5% contained after
burning 14 square kilometres.
Highway officials reopened most
of Interstate 15. Firefighters
turned their attention to
protecting some 700 homes in
the Baldy Mesa area, where about
2800 people were evacuated and
nearly three dozen spent the
night at a temporary shelter.
US Forest Ser vice spokeswoman
Carol Underhill said the fire
had sparked sheer chaos when
it began next to Interstate 15,
fanned by winds up to 64kph.
Only two people were injured.
Both suffered minor smoke
inhalation. — AP
California fire engulfs 64 vehicles
Cars are shown burning on the Interstate 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, California in the frame grab
from KNBC video.
Queen mulls legal action
over Nazi film clip
Buckingham Palace is considering
legal action over leaked footage that
shows the Q ueen as a child performing
a Nazi salute with her family.
The palace has launched an inquiry
into how the 17-second black and white
film came into the hands of The Sun
It shows the Q ueen, aged six or
seven, join the Queen Mother and her
uncle Prince Edward in raising an arm
in salute as she played alongside her
younger sister, Princess Margaret.
It is understood that depending on the
outcome of the investigation, the Palace
will be looking at issues of copyright and
A source said the royal household is
trying to ascertain where the film came
from, who it came from and why it was
handed over to the newspaper.
A palace spokesman said: “It is
disappointing that film, shot eight
decades ago and apparently from Her
Majesty’s personal family archive, has
been obtained and exploited in this
The grainy footage from 1933 shows
the Q ueen playing with a dog on the
lawn in the gardens of Balmoral, The
Sun claims, before she raises an arm to
wave to the camera with Margaret.
The Queen Mother then makes a Nazi
salute and, after glancing towards her
mother, the Queen mimics the gesture.
The Queen Mother repeats the salute,
joined by Edward, and Margaret raises
her left hand before the two children
continue dancing and playing on the
Some have criticised the newspaper’s
decision to publish the footage, and a
palace source said the pictures should
be seen “in their proper context and
The source added: “ The Q ueen is about
six years of age at the time and entirely
innocent of attaching any meaning to
“The Queen and her family’s ser vice
and dedication to the welfare of this
nation during the war, and the 63 years
the Q ueen has spent building relations
between nations and peoples speaks for
The Sun’s managing editor Stig Abell
said the footage was obtained by the
newspaper “in a legitimate fashion” and
that its publication was “not a criticism
of the Queen or the Queen Mum”.
Cameron ‘committed to IS destruction’
Britain is committed to working with
the United States to wipe out the Islamic
State militant group from Syria and Iraq,
Prime Minister David Cameron said in
an inter view.
“ I want Britain to do more,” he told
the NBC television network’s Meet the
Press programme overnight.
“I’ll always have to take my parliament
with me. ”
Cameron made his comments after
the London-based human rights group
Reprieve released documents that
showed British pilots have taken part in
US-led air strikes against Islamic State
targets in Syria.
The British military now has
parliamentary permission to carry out
air strikes against the jihadists only in
Iraq. Parliament voted against attacks in
Syria in 2013.
Cameron told NBC his government
was discussing how its fight against IS
could be expanded and those discussions
include the opposition. — DPA
Greek banks will reopen today
after a three-week closure with
withdrawal limits relaxed but
capital controls will remain in place,
according to a government decree.
The decree, released on Saturday,
sets a new cumulative weekly
withdrawal limit of 420 euros
($697), with the daily limit
remaining at 60 euros.
To facilitate Greeks studying
abroad the decree permits the
electronic transfer of up to 5000
euros per trimester. People receiving
health treatment abroad will be able
to access up to 2000 euros in cash.
A broad range of capital controls
still remain in place, including a
block on capital transfers and a ban
on the opening of new accounts
and addition of new depositors to
The decree also enables the Bank
of Greece to restrict the amount of
euros or other currency carried in
cash out of Greece. — AFP
Greek banks set to reopen after bailout nod
IAG New Zealand Limited (IAG), AMI Insurance Limited (AMI) and Lumley
General Insurance (N.Z.) Limited (Lumley) wish to give notice to their
customers, and customers whose insurance they underwrite through other
institutions (ASB, BNZ, the Cooperative Bank and Westpac) (together, the
Customers), that they are seeking approval from the Reser ve Bank of
New Zealand to transfer the businesses of AMI and Lumley (including
Customer insurance policies underwritten by AMI and Lumley) to IAG.
IAG, AMI and Lumley are all par t of the same group, ultimately owned by
Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG Group). The proposed transfers
are part of an internal reorganisation by IAG Group to reduce the number
of licensed insurers it owns in New Zealand from three (IAG, AMI and
Lumley) to one (being IAG).
Under this proposal, all AMI and Lumley Customers will become IAG
Customers, which means IAG will become the insurer under their
insurance policies shortly after receipt of RBNZ approval (anticipated late
2015). Accordingly, if the transfer proceeds, IAG would assume the same
obligations that AMI and Lumley have under their existing policies.*
The AMI and Lumley insurance brands will continue to operate as distinct
brands within IAG’s businesses in New Zealand.
The proposed transfer is subject to the consent of the Reser ve Bank of
DEAR VALUED CUSTOMERS
Customers are invited to provide feedback to us on the
proposed transfer. Feedback should be directed to
email@example.com or you can write to: The Company
Secretar y, IAG, Private Bag 92130, Auckland 1142 or
call 0800 424 586.
Feedback is required by 24 August 2015.
A summar y of all feedback will be provided to the Reserve
Bank of New Zealand for review as part of its consideration
of the proposed transfer.
Further information is available at www.iag.co.nz
* The proposed transfer does not affect any insurance
claims for which Southern Response is responsible.
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