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A public inquiry in the UK has heard that British soldiers tortured Iraqi civilians and committed other crimes during operations in southern Iraq in 2004.


Lawyers representing the Iraqi victims and their families at the Al-Sweady Inquiry accused British soldiers of “inhumane and degrading treatment of wounded and broken young men.” However, the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the accusations were “products of lies.”


Bitter claims and counter claims were exchanged on the final day of the year-long hearing looking into conduct of British personnel at the Battle of Danny Boy in Iraq’s Maysan Province in May 2004.

The inquiry, named after a 19-year-old killed by British troops, was set up in 2009 to examine allegations of mistreatment. It has seen thousands of official documents and heard from over 600 witnesses.

The MoD was forced to authorize the inquiry following a High Court ruling that the ministry seriously breached obligations under the Human Rights Act to investigate the matter while hiding evidence that could lead to the convictions of UK troops linked with the killing and maltreatment.

With a bill of some £20 million, the probe has been an expensive affair for the British government. Sir Thayne Forbes, the inquiry’s chairman is expected to report the result by the end of the year.

UK forces participated in the US-led invasion of Iraq in a blatant violation of international law in 2003 under the pretext that the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq.

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Post time 2014-4-21 07:14:08 |Display all floors
Anthony Forster:

What about an Iraqi civilians who were slaughtered by the British invaders ?

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Post time 2014-4-21 07:14:48 |Display all floors
kath1:

The UK government would never admit that Derry's civil rights marchers were murdered by the Parachute Regt. Much of the pain associated with that denial added greatly to the anguish of the victims families. Now they're adding insult to injury in claiming that the Iraqi accusations are the 'product of lies'. This culture of admitting no wrongdoing by the MOD is not only illogical, it further taints the already tarnished image of the UK's armed forces.

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Post time 2014-4-21 07:16:52 |Display all floors
UN accountability:

The UN should be held accountable for sending Nazis of the US/UK to IRAQ.Afghanistan,and any other countries these Nazis are sent to. Ban Ki Moon should be held responsible as it was he who as head sent these bunch of THUGS and MORONS ,insted of protecting civillians they ENGAGED IN KILLING,RAPEING, ASSULTING, TORTURING INNOCENT CHILDREN, MEN, WOMEN. BOth the Leaders of the UK/US should be sent to a war crimes court to be judged with the squinty eyed USELESS LACKEY and DONKEY Ban KI MOON to be sentenced to death by hanging... Any countries that send idiots like the terrorist of US/UK should come under UN control including for any crimes that they COMMIT while on UN mission.

Sexton Blake in reply to UN accountability

Why call the US/UK thugs NAZIS? It is degrading to the Germans. For example, although the people in the Gestapo were not particularly pleasant they almost qualify to be choirboys compared to the CIA/MI6

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