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NEWS: British soldiers face abuse court martial

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posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 10:54 PM
Four British soldiers face court martial over their conduct in Iraq. In what could be the first of many prosecutions of British soldiers over mistreatment of Iraqi civilians.

British soldiers face abuse court martial
The prosecution of the soldiers, from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was disclosed yesterday by Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general, as the Guardian learned that military police are investigating fresh allegations of ill treatment by British troops after complaints by the Red Cross.

Charges against the four fusiliers include indecent assault, "which apparently involves making the victims engage in sexual activity between themselves", said Lord Goldsmith. They are also accused of military offences - prejudicing good order and military discipline.

In a written statement in the House of Lords, the attorney general said the case "concerns conduct alleged to have occurred while the civilians were being temporarily detained, but not in a prison or detention facility".

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[edit on 14-6-2004 by Ocelot]


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