March 4, 2013
The Al-Sweady Inquiry is examining claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis and tortured detainees after the “Battle of Danny Boy” in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.
The inquiry, chaired by former High Court judge Sir Thayne Forbes, is taking place in central London – some three years after it was ordered – with an opening statement from counsel to the inquiry Jonathan Acton Davis QC.
The inquiry is named after 19-year-old Hamid Al-Sweady, one of those who died after a firefight between UK soldiers and insurgents at a checkpoint named Danny Boy on May 14, 2004.
It will look into allegations of unlawful killing at UK base Camp Abu Naji on May 14 and 15 2004, and alleged ill-treatment of five Iraqi nationals at the camp and at a detention facility at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq between May 14 and September 23 that year.
This article was posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:12 am