THE family of a South Derbyshire soldier killed in Iraq will try and force a public enquiry into his death.
The lawyer representing relatives of Corporal Russell Ashton, who was brutally murdered along with five other soldiers in a hostile town near Basra, Iraq, in June 2003, reportedly said the family also hope to lodge a criminal complaint against the Ministry of Defence.
Cpl Aston, of Newhall, and five of his comrades died after they were confronted by a 600-strong mob on arriving at the police station in Majar al-Kabir.
Three other families are also pursuing the claim that some individuals at the MoD broke military law.
The lawyer representing the families, Simon McKay, said questions the families have been asking for 10 years have not yet been adequately answered.
No-one has been convicted of the murders and repeated pleas for a public inquiry have not been met.
On the 10th anniversary of his son’s death, Mike Aston told the Mail he had decided to step back from his tireless battle for justice and let his son rest in peace.
An MoD spokesman said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of those killed in this terrible incident.
“However, the circumstances have been investigated extensively and reported on and no practical purpose would be served by holding a public inquiry.”