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The Observer - Six British soldiers may be arrested over abuse claims
Soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment are understood to have been questioned in Cyprus after the publication yesterday of shocking photographs purporting to show a prisoner being beaten, kicked and urinated on while in the regiment's custody.
Legal experts warned last night that British soldiers could face war crimes trials if the allegations are proven, or if they are not exhaustively investigated.
General Sir Michael Jackson, the army's highest-ranking officer, called the alleged incidents 'shameful'. They are still being investigated by the Royal Military Police - which must first ascertain that the photographs are genuine, not carefully staged fakes. Last night the Ministry of Defence described as 'speculation' claims of imminent arrests.
If true, the allegations could mean serious criminal consequences for Britain, which, unlike the United States, has signed up to the new International Criminal Court. It has the power to launch war crimes charges of its own against authorities including the commander-in-chief - the Prime Minister - if necessary.