MI5 officers could be questioned in court over alleged failings in the lead-up to the July 7 London bombings after a landmark ruling today.
In a victory for bereaved families, coroner Lady Justice Hallett announced that inquests on the 52 people killed will examine whether their deaths could have been prevented. Her decision means members of the Security Service and counter-terrorism police may be called to give evidence in public.
In another significant decision, the coroner decided there will be a separate inquest into the four bombers behind the 2005 attacks.
Ernest Adams, whose son James died in the Piccadilly line blast, said: “That is excellent news for the families. I’m delighted this has happened. There is no way we would have wanted the bombers’ families or their legal representatives present