UK troops face Iraq war crime charges

Three British servicemen will be tried before a court martial on war crimes charges for the inhuman treatment of detainees in Iraq, the UK government has said.

    The three servicemen are among 11 facing a range of charges

    The troops face charges under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 in connection with the death of Baha Mousa, 26, a Basra hotel receptionist who died in September 2003 after being arrested and taken to a British military base, A

    ttorney General Lord Goldsmith announced in London on Tuesday.

     

    A spokeswoman for Goldsmith's office confirmed the charges were war crimes charges.

     

    The three servicemen are among 11 British troops who face a range of charges in two cases arising from incidents in Iraq.

     

    Britain has about 8500 troops in Iraq, mostly in the south, where support for the

    Shia-led government in Baghdad is stronger.

     

    Punishment reduced

     

    Earlier this year the British military reduced the sentences of two soldiers imprisoned for abusing Iraqi civilians in a case that drew comparisons with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal involving US forces.

     

    Both were found guilty of abusing Iraqi civilians suspected of looting in May 2003.

     

    Their trials in Germany focussed on photographs taken of the abuse, which included dangling one man from a forklift.

     

    The photos provoked outrage in Britain, with Prime Minister Tony Blair calling the images "shocking and appalling".

    SOURCE: Unspecified


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