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An initial investigation into claims that UK forces abused Iraqi detainees is to be opened by the International Criminal Court.
The preliminary examination will analyse alleged crimes attributed to UK armed forces deployed in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve said the government completely rejected allegations of abuse.
This will be the first time the UK has been the subject of an ICC probe.
The head of the military prosecution body in the UK, Andrew Cayley, said it would co-operate.
But he said he believed it was unlikely that the ICC would push for a full, formal investigation, as the British government was already investigating claims of abuse in Iraq.
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: crazyewok - Registered: 21-12-2012 Location: UK
Dig a little deeper. back in 08, 09, 2010 etc, there were plenty of stories and threads posted about the US doing investigations about the situation in Iraq abuse, illegal killings etc.
Some bogus, while many others did raise legitimate concerns.
The United States Department of Defense removed seventeen soldiers and officers from duty, and eleven soldiers were charged with dereliction of duty, maltreatment, aggravated assault and battery. Between May 2004 and March 2006, eleven soldiers were convicted in courts-martial, sentenced to military prison, and dishonorably discharged from service. Two soldiers, Specialist Charles Graner, and his former fiancée, Specialist Lynndie England, were sentenced to ten years and three years in prison, respectively, in trials ending on January 14, 2005 and September 26, 2005. The commanding officer of all Iraq detention facilities, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, was reprimanded for dereliction of duty and demoted to the rank of Colonel on May 5, 2005. Col. Karpinski has denied knowledge of the abuses, claiming that the interrogations were authorized by her superiors and performed by subcontractors, and that she was not allowed entry into the interrogation rooms.