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ABUSE CRISIS: UK Troops Accused of War Crimes

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posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 05:38 PM
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More shameful stories about Iraqi prisoner abuse are emerging. This time the allegation involve UK troops. Test cases will open in the High Courts, & these are centred on the deaths by shooting of 7 Iraqi civikians after the war was over, & the alleged beating to death of a prisoner in custody.
 



www.reuters.co.uk
Iraqis allege UK troops committed war crimes
Tue 27 July, 2004 20:45


By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - British troops committed "war crimes" in postwar Iraq, unlawfully killing civilians and beating and torturing prisoners in their custody, lawyers for the victims have said.

Soldiers played cruel "games" with prisoners -- forcing them to recite lists of English or Dutch footballers and beating them if they failed, Phil Shiner, a lawyer leading six test cases in the High Court this week, told reporters on Tuesday.

In allegations echoing claims of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers in Iraq, Shiner said another "game" favoured by British troops involved a group of soldiers surrounding a prisoner and taking turns to see how hard they could kick-box him.

More shameful stories about Iraqi prisoner abuse are emerging. This time the allegation involve UK troops. Test cases will open in the High Courts, & these are centred on the deaths by shooting of 7 Iraqi civilians after the war was over, & the alleged beating to death of a prisoner in custody.



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One young Iraqi was allegedly beaten to death by British soldiers in September 2003, & it is said that his battered body, caked with blood, was returned to his family 4 dasys later. A former colleague of the dead man also alleges that he was nearly beaten to death & that this was confirmed by a British medical expert.

This case is going to be fought in the UK High Courts, & is trying to prove that these alleged accusations took place after the war in Iraq was officially over, & are therefore war crimes.

War is dehumanising in all its guises, both to the perpetrators, & to its victims.

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[edit on 7-27-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 07:13 PM
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More details from BBC News UK




Baha Mousa was allegedly beaten to death in police custody. Both his death and the death of an Iraqi police commissioner were allegedly caused by soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. The two High Court judges must decide whether the Human Rights Act 1998 applies to the British troops in South East Iraq during the period of occupation and, if so, whether there should be an independent inquiry to investigate the alleged deaths of Iraqi civilians. If the High Court found in favour of a public inquiry, he and other lawyers would represent 37 Iraqi families whose relatives had allegedly been either killed, tortured or seriously injured by British troops. "This case involves issues which are not only important to the victims and their families and their right to redress, but also extremely significant in having the capacity to ensure that future conflicts, occupation and peacekeeping operations are subject to human rights law."


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posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 07:41 PM
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Cruel Britannia.

The war in Iraq was never over, it is just beginning.

You don't need a court of law to call this war crime; war has become another name for murder.

It is a shameful display of inhuman barbarity.

Saddam Hussein will be proud.

But hey, at least we got those terrorists, eh? That showed them what we're made of, didn't it!

[edit on 27-7-2004 by shanti23]



posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 04:13 PM
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Was he beaten up? yes.
Was he beaten up by british troops ? Who knows.
Was the man killed by british troops? No one can know.

Its one mans word against another.



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