Former Liberty director, Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti must be feeling red faced after the downfall of her friend and collaborator, disgraced tank-chasing lawyer Phil Shiner.
Her office is remaining tight-lipped, but her years of public endorsements of his hounding of British troops falsely accused of murdering and torturing Iraqi civilians leaves a bitter taste, - says West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver.
The shadow attorney general collaborated extensively with the now struck-off human rights lawyer Shiner while she was at Liberty, as they worked closely on cases of Iraq abuse allegations.
But Shiner has now admitted encouraging vexatious claims against British troops and been found guilty by a solicitors’ tribunal of misconduct.
Her support of him continued well after the allegations against him came to light and in 2015 she suggested Shiner was the victim of a witch-hunt.
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesman Mr Carver lambasted Baroness Chakrabarti for the part she played in bolstering up Shiner – even in the face of the allegations which cast serious doubts over his claims.
He said: “She was quick to align herself with Shiner and failed to distance herself from him as it was becoming clear he had spent millions of pounds of taxpayers money through legal aid concocting a string of lies against our troops.
“Her silence now is deafening – not even an apology for getting it so wrong.”