New doubts raised over ban on Chagos islanders’ return | World news | The Guardian: A former British high commissioner has questioned whether the Foreign Office tried to “massage” the drafting of a key study that put paid to any hope of returning by concluding that resettlement was financially “prohibitive” and too “precarious”.
David Snoxell, who was deputy commissioner for the BIOT between 1995 and 1997 and later became high commissioner to Mauritius, made the claim after it emerged the Foreign Office had paid an academic to critique the original draft of a 2002 study that was considerably more positive about the prospect of the Chagossians making a successful return to their homeland than the final published version.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Foreign Office approached Charles Sheppard, now a professor of life sciences at Warwick University, to “review in confidence” the 850-page original draft of the study.
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