Thursday, September 4, 2008
British soldiers are facing disciplinary action after footage of them using an illegal torture device appeared on the internet.
The two squaddies, claiming to be from the Royal Engineers, filmed themselves using an electro-shock baton to stun each other while off-duty on a military base in Iraq.
Now human rights groups have demanded that military chiefs explain how the baton – known as ‘the torturer’s tool of choice’ – fell into the hands of the soldiers.
Last night red-faced defence chiefs launched an inquiry into the source of the video and how the pair obtained the device.
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The footage – entitled ‘Taser fun!’ – was posted on video-sharing website YouTube last month and involves two young squaddies who speak with Liverpulian accents.
The one-and-a-half minute clip shows the soldiers joking around with the device, beginning with the first soldier announcing ‘This is me and Luke in the room – and we’re gonna taser each other.’
The pair then proceed to administer painful electric shocks to each other as part of the prank.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 9:21 am