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UK court orders review of wounded troops' payouts

world Updated: Oct 12, 2009 17:43 IST

A British court has ordered a review of the compensation paid to two soldiers who were seriously wounded in the line of duty.

The ruling follows a government challenge to an earlier decision awarding the men more money.

The Court of Appeal said Monday that the awards to Light Dragoon Cpl Anthony Duncan and Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams should be reconsidered by a compensation tribunal.

Duncan was shot in Iraq in 2005 and originally awarded 9,250 pounds ($15,000), an amount quadrupled by the tribunal. McWilliams fractured his thigh in training and was given 8,250 pounds, also later increased.

The ruling does little to end a dispute over the compensation paid to troops wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. Soldiers' families and veterans' groups say the payouts are too low.