Air pollution inquest to investigate whether state breached right to life

A new inquest into the death of a girl linked to air pollution is to consider whether state authorities did enough to protect her life.

The findings of a previous investigation in 2013 into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, aged nine, were quashed after her family won the right to a fresh inquest in May.

During a pre-inquest hearing at London Inner South Coroner’s Court on 17 December, assistant coroner Philip Barlow gave his view that there had been an “arguable breach” of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act, which imposes a duty on the state to protect the life of its citizens. 

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