Defence chiefs paid disgraced tankchasing lawyer Phil Shiner's firm £2.3m  

Phil Shiner was given £2.3 million by defenc chiefs to cover legal fees over a three-year period

Phil Shiner was given £2.3 million by defenc chiefs to cover legal fees over a three-year period

It has emerged that the legal firm run by disgraced lawyer Phil Shiner was given £2.3 million of taxpayer cash by defence chiefs over three years.

The money was used to cover Shiner's legal fees in the years before his firm was declared bankrupt.

Shiner, 61, was given the taxpayers' cash on top of the legal aid he received to sue the MoD over war crimes claims. 

The tankchaser claimed that British soldiers had murdered, tortured and physically abused hundreds of Iraqi people during the Iraq war.    

His claims unsurprisingly infuriated many and the latest news he was receiving money from the overstretched MoD budget has led to more anger.  

Johnny Mercer, a Tory MP and Afghanistan veteran who sits on the Commons defence committee, told the Sun: 'You can imagine my views on this at a time when I am constantly being told there is no money in the MoD to look after our people properly.

'Meanwhile, the hounding of troops continues

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