The Mirror has revealed new figures that show the widow of the London Bridge terrorist Khuram Shazad Butt received more than £15,000 of British taxpayers’ money to contribute to an inquest about the terror incident, while relatives of the victims were left high and dry by the government.
The cash came because of rules that grant an automatic right to legal aid for the families of those killed by the state.
Her husband was one of the three perpetrators of the sickening 2017 attack that saw eight innocent people killed and another 48 injured – 21 of them critically.
Butt, along with his two depraved accomplices, were shot dead by hero cops, bringing an end to a disgusting stabbing rampage that followed a van attack.
But his widow’s testimony was slammed by the chief coroner for England and Wales in 2019, along with the testimony of other Butt relatives, when he said: “I have to say, I didn’t find any of them convincing witnesses. Each has accepted that they should now have done more at the time.”
The fact that Butt relatives secured financial aid while families of the victims were left without recourse to legal aid has raised serious questions about the injustice of the system.
“I would demand a fully transparent justification for why the attackers’ families are supported by the state but none of the victims’ families were given a single penny” said James Hodder, the boyfriend of murdered nurse Kirsty Boden.
“I’m sure she needed financial aid quite rightly, but so did we. What’s the difference?”
He went on to complain that full participation at the complex legal proceedings of the inquest required proper legal representation, with the state only giving financial support to the families of perpetrators.
This is just the latest in a long line of legal aid revelations that throw up questions about the warped priorities of our justice system.
In 2019 it was revealed that the ISIS bride Shamima Begum was set to benefit from the rules, as she was granted legal aid in her bid to overturn the very popular Home Office decision to keep her out of the country.