Torture, Murder NOT U.S. Monopoly
Posted by terres on April 23, 2009
British soldiers ‘tortured and murdered 20 Iraqis, then covered it up with firefight claim’
By Neil Sears
British soldiers tortured and murdered up to 20 Iraqis in cold blood, the High Court was told yesterday.
It happened after a three-hour gun battle at an Army checkpoint near Basra, a lawyer claimed.
Rabinder Singh said a group of local men were taken prisoner and transported to an Army camp where they were beaten with a rusty tent pole, punched, slammed against walls, denied water, blasted with loud music and forced to strip naked in the presence of a woman – a humiliation for Muslim men.
Camp Abu Naji: MP Ann Clwyd at the base where abuse allegedly happened
The next day, he said, only nine were still alive – and 20 corpses were returned to their families. One was teenager Hamid Al-Sweady. …
But Mr Singh said that when the shooting was over, the British troops took bloody revenge. He said: ‘It is the claimants’ case that at least some of those captured were tortured and killed by British troops between 14 and 15 May 2004, and that there has been no effective investigation into what happened to them in that 24-hour period.
‘This constitutes a substantive and procedural breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.’
He added: ‘There is a lot of evidence from soldiers at the battlefield that there were more than nine that were taken alive.
‘Many of the bodies of the Iraqis returned on 15 May 2004 were severely disfigured and some appeared to show marks of torture and mutilation.’ …
© 2009 Associated Newspapers Ltd