Sunday 27 May 2018

Graphic photos of dead Iraqis shown at UK torture inquiry

Ellen Branagh

Graphic pictures of dead Iraqis, some showing signs of alleged torture at the hands of British troops, were shown at the opening of a public inquiry.

The bodies of the Iraqis showed apparent signs of torture, including missing eyes and mutilated genitals, the Al-Sweady Inquiry has heard.

The inquiry is examining claims that UK soldiers murdered and tortured Iraqis after the Battle of Danny Boy in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.

It is alleged that Iraqis were unlawfully killed at Camp Abu Naji (CAN) near Majar-al-Kabir on May 14 and May 15, 2004, and that five Iraqi detainees were tortured and ill-treated both at CAN and at Shaibah Logistics Base, where they were held for the next four months.

Counsel to the inquiry Jonathan Acton Davis said insurgents ambushed the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders near a checkpoint known as Danny Boy on May 14, 2004. "It resulted in many Iraqis being killed and in two British soldiers being wounded," he said.

The British ministry of defence has vigorously denied all the allegations.

The inquiry continues.

Irish Independent

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