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ABUSE CRISIS: Charges Dropped Against British Soldiers

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posted on Nov, 3 2005 @ 11:09 AM
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British Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett, says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute seven British solders for the killing of an Iraqi civilian and has asked that all charges be dropped. Allegedly the seven individuals were said to have beaten a innocent teenager with the butts of their rifles, helmets and fists in al-Ferkah, southern Iraq, in May 2003.

 



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A judge dismissed murder charges Thursday against seven soldiers accused of killing an Iraqi civilian, ruling that some Iraqi witnesses lied and that there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

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But Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett called the evidence "too inherently weak or vague for any sensible person to rely on it" and said "the main Iraqi witnesses had colluded to exaggerate and lie about the incident.

"In particular, three women have admitted lying that they were assaulted by British soldiers when they were not; one witness has told the court that the family of the deceased actively encouraged others to tell lies to support their account; and witnesses who said they were some distance from the incident could not possibly have seen what they said they saw," the judge said.



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One would think this may not be over yet, but I am sure the solders are happy these charges have been dropped.

As usual an activist group called Amnesty International says courts martials should not be used to try crimes under interational law. Yeah right anything you say Amenesty International. NOT!!!


I kind of wish the JAG could have let the trial go forward long enough before declaring a mistrial to convict the liars of perjury
Now that would be some sweet justice


Don’t get me wrong here either; all I am saying if allegations are true and the accusers were lying they too deserve to be put on trail for lying.


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posted on Nov, 3 2005 @ 01:08 PM
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Yeah...but if we put everyone on trial for lying over this war, we would have ..umm thousands of bodies, including Bush and administration...



posted on Nov, 3 2005 @ 04:25 PM
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Originally posted by Mayet
Yeah...but if we put everyone on trial for lying over this war, we would have ..umm thousands of bodies, including Bush and administration...


So are you saying it is OK to give false evidence? I think the judge did the right thing but he could have done more by letting the trial proceed until he knew they committed perjury. At that time he could have declared a mistrial and put the liars on trial.

It would appear there is more to this story then most of us will ever know and thankfully the judge saw right through the losers.

I am not saying the soldiers are innocent either; if guilty they should pay the price as should anyone who lies to try and get them put in jail.

Something is rotten in Denmark as they say and I smell a set up by a few Iraqis :shk:



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