This video is about the British Army in Iraq (torture scene).
From British daily The Guardian:
‘Beasting’ punishment killed soldier, jury told
·Gruelling drill session at base after guests insulted
·Three former colleagues deny manslaughter
* Steven Morris
* Friday June 20, 2008
A young soldier was killed by three of his colleagues in a gruelling and illegal “beasting” punishment session after he insulted the guests of a senior officer during a summer ball, a jury heard yesterday.
Gavin Williams begged to be allowed to rest and be given water, claiming he was “cooking up”, but for one and a half hours he was marched and drilled around an army base in soaring temperatures and put through a session in a hot gym, Winchester crown court was told.
When Williams, 22, was finally taken to the medical centre he was put into handcuffs because the effects of hyperthermia – heatstroke – had made him aggressive. Later when he was taken to hospital his body temperature was 41.7C, way above the normal temperature of around 36.7C.
Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, said that during the session at Lucknow Barracks in Wiltshire Williams pleaded for help. “He was bordering on tears, complaining he could not breathe properly and demanding to be given water. He refused to move any further, saying: ‘I can’t walk, I can’t go on. I need water.'”
Dennis said the beasting was carried out by regimental police as an “informal summary punishment” intended to “humiliate, push to the limit and hurt”. The prosecutor said the practice had “no place in the army disciplinary system” but still lingered on in Williams’ regiment, the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh. He claimed many soldiers, including officers, accepted the practice as being a fact of army life, adding: “It is perhaps a matter of discredit that many officers would appear either to have condoned such practices or, at least, to have turned a blind eye.”
Three men, Russell Price, 46, then the provost sergeant in the regimental police, John Edwards, 33, a corporal who was attached to the police, and Paul Blake, 37, a staff sergeant and a physical training instructor, deny manslaughter.
What an insult to animals to call this murderous torture ‘beasting’.
Army apologises for ‘beasting’ that killed soldier Gavin Williams. Coroner rules punishment that led to heat illness and death was unlawful and says officers must have known it was happening: here.