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UK News Army accused of covering up SAS 'murder' and war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq

04:35  18 november  2019
04:35  18 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Alleged evidence implicates UK troops in murder of children in Afghanistan and Iraq .

The Government and the Army have been accused of covering up the killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq .Leaked documents allegedly The MoD also said Service Police undertook extensive investigations into allegations about the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

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The Government is facing demands to ensure an investigation into “deeply troubling” allegations that murders, including the killing of children, and torture by British soldiers were covered up by senior commanders and officials.

Leaked documents provided to an investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times detail claims that evidence of crimes committed by UK troops in Afghanistan and Iraq was not fully investigated.

Amnesty International said that rather than sweeping such claims “under the carpet”, Britain needs to ensure cases are prosecuted where necessary and “treated with the seriousness they deserve”.

Army accused of covering up war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq

  Army accused of covering up war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq Leaked documents allegedly contain evidence implicating British troops in the torture of civilians.Leaked documents allegedly contain evidence implicating British troops in killing children and the torture of civilians.

The Government and the Army have been accused of covering up the killing of children in The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as It is untrue to claim cases investigated under Operation Northmoor in Afghanistan were not acted upon.

The detectives were part of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes committed by UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan , respectively. These criminal inquiry teams were closed before a single soldier was indicted. One IHAT detective was

The claims, which include an allegation that an SAS soldier murdered three children and a man in Afghanistan while drinking tea in their home in 2012, arose from two official investigations into alleged war crimes by British Forces.

Investigations wound down

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged incidents in Afghanistan, were wound down in 2017 after a solicitor - Phil Shiner - was struck off for misconduct after bringing more than 1,000 cases to IHAT.

Neither IHAT nor Northmoor resulted in any prosecutions, a fact which the Government insists was based on “careful investigation”.

But military investigators told the BBC and the Sunday Times that other factors were responsible for the lack of prosecutions. One former IHAT detective said: “The Ministry of Defence had no intention of prosecuting any soldier of whatever rank he was unless it was absolutely necessary and they couldn’t wriggle their way out of it.”

Scots army regiment accused of covering up war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq

  Scots army regiment accused of covering up war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq Leaked documents allegedly contain evidence implicating Black Watch troops in torture and the deaths of detainees. A BBC /Sunday Times investigation said it had obtained new evidence from inside the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

In May, the UN Committee Against Torture reportedly called on the UK to investigate claims of murder and abuse by its troops in Iraq , urging London against introducing laws granting amnesty to soldiers who could be implicated in war crimes .

The Government and the Army have been accused of covering up the killing of children in The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as It is untrue to claim cases investigated under Operation Northmoor in Afghanistan were not acted upon.

Another investigator said: “Key decisions were being taken out of our hands. There was more and more pressure coming from the Ministry of Defence to get cases closed as quickly as possible.”

SAS commander

The year-long media investigation uncovered claims that no action was taken after military prosecutors were asked to consider charges against a senior SAS commander for attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Afghanistan incident. It also found evidence that allegations of beatings, torture and degrading sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch regiment did not reach court.

Rachel Logan, legal programme director of Amnesty International, said: “Reports of killings and torture by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a subsequent cover up, are deeply troubling. If true, those responsible for sanctioning and carrying out torture and other war crimes, at all levels, must be held accountable and where appropriate, prosecuted.”

'Right-balance' struck

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who worked on war crimes policy at the Foreign Office before entering politics, insisted that all cases had been looked at and “the right balance” struck in terms of pursuing court action.

He told BBC News: “What we’re quite rightly doing is making sure spurious claims or claims without evidence don’t lead to the shadow of suspicion… hanging over people who’ve served their country for years on end. And we’ve got the right balance.”

A spokesman for the MoD said: “Allegations that the MoD interfered with investigations or prosecution decisions relating to the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are untrue. Throughout the process the decisions of prosecutors and investigators have been independent of the MoD and involved external oversight and legal advice.”

Edinburgh soldier cleared over deaths of Iraqi prisoners could be prosecuted by an international war crimes court .
A military veteran from Edinburgh is one of two Scottish soldiers cleared over the deaths of Iraqi prisoners who could be prosecuted by an international war crimes court. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The former Black Watch soldiers were among 11 British Army personnel investigated over the deaths in custody of taxi driver Rhadi Nama and teacher Abdul Jabbar Mousa Ali at Camp Stephen in Basra in May 2003.Both were told there would be no criminal proceedings against them in a military court after an investigation by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT).

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