Eleven UK soldiers are under investigations for the death of an Iraqi civilian in the custody of British forces. Baha Mousa, a hotel worked was beaten
to death in September 2003 by alleged members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. Seven of the eleven soldiers and officers face even broader war
Up to 11 British soldiers and officers are under investigation for alleged war crimes over the death of an Iraqi civilian in British custody, The
Independent on Sunday can reveal.
Military lawyers are considering the charges as part of a major inquiry into allegations that members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment beat Baha
Mousa, a hotel worker, to death in September 2003. As the IoS disclosed last week, the officers include the regiment's commander, Col Jorge Mendonca,
41, who has been warned he could be tried for allegedly failing to control his troops effectively. There is no allegation that he took part in any
At least four QLR members, thought to be privates and NCOs, face specific charges of murder and abuse over Mr Mousa's death from heart failure and
asphyxia, allegedly due to multiple injuries, on 15 September 2003. But alongside another seven soldiers and officers, the four alleged assailants
also face wider war crimes charges.
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It is believed that not all of the accused members will face a War Crimes trial, however up to nine members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment will
possibly be court maritaled.
Eight Iraqis that were arrested with the late Baha Mousa plan to sue the UK on claims that they were tortured and abused by British troops.
Living in Ohio, USA, as I do, I had heard nothing about UK Troops facing War Crimes charges. Quite shocking. It sounds like quite a lot of people are
being charged in one death. Is this a case of "mob mentality" or just trying to cast a large enough net to blame everybody?
I think its a case of the Iraqi prisoners trying to exploit a notion of guilt of behalf of US and UK forces, and manipulating the media in order to
depict the War on Iraq in an even worser light then it is now.
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