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U.K. Probes Alleged Abuse of Iraqis by Soldiers

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Posted on Nov 14, 2009
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Video footage of a British soldier screaming at hooded Iraqi prisoners was played at an inquiry in 2007 into the death of Baha Mousa, a Basra hotel worker who died in British custody in 2003.

The British Defense Ministry is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians by its soldiers. Many of the allegations, which include sexual attacks and torture, reflect U.S. soldiers’ acts depicted in photos from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.  —JCL

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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse, including rape and torture, of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers. The lawyer representing the alleged victims, Phil Shiner, said there could be hundreds of uninvestigated claims of abuse.

One claimant alleges that soldiers based the abuse they allegedly subjected him to on photographs of the abuse at the notorious US detention centre at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison, the Independent reported. In one case, British soldiers are accused of piling up Iraqi prisoners on top of one another before subjecting them to electric shocks.

Shiner served a pre-action protocol letter on the Ministry of Defence last week and is asking for a judicial review of the cases. In the letter, it was reported, Shiner said the allegations raised questions of collusion between Britain and the US over the ill-treatment of Iraqis.

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By Roger Lafontaine, November 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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No the torture hasn’t stopped. It was merely pushed behind the ‘national security’ curtain of secrecy. The Soviet Union had its’ ‘Iron Curtain’. We have a ‘torture curtain’.

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By nefertiti, November 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Iam not at all surprised , the US had more guts to come forward with their torture , the british are known for hiding their crimes (many in Africa that came to light much later , the crimes of Bomber harris(iraq)  etc.. )

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By johannes, November 15, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

Its so old as mankind, knights are only for farytales, and war is war, so be it.

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By ardee, November 15, 2009 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

We are an imperfect species.

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By FRTothus, November 15, 2009 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

I would expect nothing less from America’s Junior Partner in the War OF Terror.  The British know how to torture quite well from their extensive middle-eastern experiments.


“Only the grand scale and technocratic impersonality of the crimes conceived and directed by the ruling elite acting under cover of state authority distinguish them from garden variety killers.”
(Darrell Hamamoto)

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By skulz fontaine, November 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Torture them and they shall despise you for generations.

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