posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 08:24 PM
Three soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers are in court this week for alleged prisoner abuse in yet another incident of international torture.
The prisoners were looters from south-east Iraq who were being detained and were rounded up in an operation called "Ali Baba." The operation was
authorized by a major and included orders to "work them hard."
A lawyer for one of the British soldiers facing charges of abusing Iraqi detainees today blamed superiors who had called for a crackdown on looters
at a British camp.
Three Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldiers are on trial at a court martial this week charged with abusing and sexually humiliating looters they had
detained at an aid camp in Basra, southern Iraq, in May 2003.
Twenty two photographs of soldiers abusing naked and bound detainees, including images of them being forced to feign sexual acts, prompted outrage
after being released by the court last night.
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Almost identical treatment of prisoners from admittedly similar nations. But these incidents are unrelated! The American abuse scandal occured in
Baghdad; the Britain abuse scandal occured in south-east Iraq, in Basra. The scandal reads the same - soldiers abuse prisoners, soldiers get caught,
soldiers say they were just following orders, damage control ensues. The hearing is expected to last four weeks.
I don't like the synchronicity of these stories coupled with the fact that the situations were completely different. Something is very wrong here.
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