Defence Force not talking on soldier's death

The Defence Force isn't willing to go into the details of the death of a Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan.

The New Zealand Defence Force released a statement today saying it is disappointed that media decided to ignore the directions of the Coroner and publish an article today about the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes.

The Defence Force was asked a number of questions which they declined to answer as the Coroner had directed that "In addition to the standard order under section 71, pursuant to section 74 Coroners Act 2006, I prohibit from publication all evidence including the report of the Court of Inquiry, in the interests of justice and on the basis of personal privacy".

The wishes of the family as expressed to the New Zealand Defence Force was not to publicly comment on this case, and to allow the family the time and space they needed to come to terms with their loss and grief.

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