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British soldiers ‘tortured and murdered 20 Iraqis, then covered it up with firefight claim’

Posted By admin On April 23, 2009 @ 3:09 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Neil Sears
UK Daily Mail [1]
Thursday, April 23, 2009

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.

The next day, he said, only nine were still alive – and 20 corpses were returned to their families. One was teenager Hamid Al-Sweady.

The Army claims the men all died in the initial gun battle, but Hamid’s uncle Khuder Al-Sweady and five survivors of the incident yesterday began a court battle in London to win an independent inquiry.

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The clash in May 2004 came after insurgents launched a heavy attack on a checkpoint known as Danny Boy in Al Majar-al-Kabir – the town north of Basra where six military policeman had been murdered the previous year.

According to Army accounts, the soldiers were heavily outnumbered but fought back heroically, mounting a bayonet charge at one point, until the attackers were defeated. The Army says only nine Iraqis were taken away alive for questioning.

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[3] Inquiry to examine claims that British troops murdered and tortured Iraqi civilians: http://www.prisonplanet.com/inquiry-to-examine-claims-that-british-troops-murdered-and-tortured-iraqi-civilians.html

[4] U.S. soldiers say they executed Iraqis: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-soldiers-say-they-executed-iraqis.html

[5] Five U.S. soldiers killed in attack on base; 18 Iraqis dead in other violence: http://www.prisonplanet.com/five-u-s-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-base-18-iraqis-dead-in-other-violence.html

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[7] Shocking pics of Iraqis allegedly tortured by UK troops spark outrage: http://www.prisonplanet.com/shocking-pics-of-iraqis-allegedly-tortured-by-uk-troops-spark-outrage.html

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