A HUMAN rights lawyer is to head a fresh inquiry into mysterious deaths at Deepcut Barracks.
Nicholas Blake, a colleague of Cherie Blair, who has represented a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, will conduct an independent review into the deaths of four privates who were found shot dead at the Surrey Army Barracks between 1995 and 2002, including 18-year-old Cheryl James from Llangollen, who died in 1995.
It is expected to take no more than six months, raising hopes of uncovering the truth behind the puzzling deaths.
Mr Blake will be able to hear any representations which suggests he is likely take evidence from Cheryl's family and the families of the other three Deepcut victims, Sean Benton, Geoff Gray and James Collinson.
The families of the dead soldiers have refused to accept the Army verdicts of suicide.
The independent review was hailed as a partial victory by Cheryl's parents Des and Doreen James in their nine-year-battle for a public inquiry into their daughter's death.
Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram, on announcing the inquiry, said the Government will comply fully.
Pressure for answers arose a fortnight ago, when Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain said the four deaths were 'too many to be a coincidence.'
Independent forensic expert Frank Swann has stated he believes Cheryl was murdered and did not commit suicide as the Army claimed.
Following more than 170 damaging allegations of gang rape, rape, sexual assault and bullying at Deepcut, made in statements to Surrey Police and leaked to the press, Mr Ingram agreed an inquiry was necessary.
He stopped short of the full public inquiry demanded by the parents but told the Commons last week: 'It is to be an independent review not a full public inquiry, as a quicker way of investigating events surrounding the deaths.'
Mr James said: 'I don't see how you can do this without looking in detail at each death. It's a sort of soft shoe shuffle toward a public inquiry, it is a partial victory.
'I am more than happy with the 'progress' rather than the conclusion.'