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British soldiers could face prosecution for crimes committed during Iraq conflict, investigators confirm
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British soldiers are likely to face prosecution for crimes including murder in Iraq, the head of the unit established by the Ministry of Defence to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killing in the war-torn country has said.
Mark Warwick, a former police detective in charge of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat), told The Independent that he believed there would be sufficient evidence to justify criminal charges being brought.
“There are serious allegations that we are investigating across the whole range of Ihat investigations, which incorporates homicide and everything, where I feel there is significant evidence to be obtained to put a strong case before the SPA [Service Prosecuting Authority] to prosecute and charge,” said Mr Warwick.
In 2010, it was dealing with cases involving 152 victims. It is now dealing with more than 1,500 victims, according to Ihat’s latest quarterly update. Of these, 280 are victims of alleged unlawful killing by British forces in Iraq, but more than 200 of these cases have yet to be investigated, with just 25 currently under investigation.
Of 1,235 alleged cases of ill-treatment, including allegations of rape and torture, only 45 are actually under investigation.
The initial target for completion of its investigations was 2016 but this will not be met. And, although the unit is funded until 2019, its work may not be finished within this period.
“Over the next 12 to 18 months, we will review all the caseload to better understand the picture and then I think we can say whether 2019 seems realistic,” said Mr Warwick.
One of Ihat’s most notorious cases is that of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist who died after being beaten, abused and restrained while held in custody by British soldiers in 2003. More than a decade on, Mr Warwick stressed that this remains “a live criminal investigation”.
Asked whether some cases could constitute war crimes, he said: “There are lots of significant cases that we are investigating and at the appropriate time it will be a matter for us to discuss with the SPA whether they meet the war-crimes threshold, but there are certainly serious allegations currently being investigated.”
Five years after Ihat was established, there has yet to be a single prosecution. Human rights groups are losing patience with the lack of obvious progress.
“The incredibly slow pace at which Ihat is investigating allegations of criminality committed by UK soldiers against Iraqi civilians is wholly unacceptable,” said Carla Ferstman, director of the human rights charity Redress. “Things seem to still be moving at a snail’s pace. We call upon the Government to ensure Ihat can, and does, do what it was set up to do, and to do it now. This cannot be a whitewash.” …
Meanwhile, Britain remains under the scrutiny of the International Criminal Court, which is conducting a preliminary examination of allegations of war crimes by British forces in Iraq. The ICC is looking at more than 1,200 cases of alleged ill-treatment and unlawful killing – including almost 50 Iraqis who reportedly died in British custody.
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