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

04:35  18 november  2019
04:35  18 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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a man in a military vehicle on a dirt road: The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of beatings, torture and sexual abuse by members of the Black Watch © Press Association The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of beatings, torture and sexual abuse by members of the Black Watch

The Government and the Army have been accused of covering up war crimes by a Scottish regiment 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.

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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 Government closed IHAT and Operation Northmoor in 2017, after Phil Shiner, a solicitor who had taken more than 1,000 cases to IHAT, was struck off from practising law amid allegations he had paid people in Iraq to find clients.

But some former IHAT and Operation Northmoor investigators said Mr Shiner's actions were used as an excuse to close down the inquiries.

No case investigated by IHAT or Operation Northmoor has led to a prosecution.

An IHAT detective told Panorama: "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."

The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.

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“Cases from Iraq were referred as a result of historic investigations. It is untrue to claim cases investigated under Operation Northmoor in The MoD also said Service Police undertook extensive investigations into allegations about the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan , and that the

and the armed forces of the UK were involved in covering up torture and the illegal killing of civilians by UK troops in Afghanistan and Iraq . Members of the UN committee stated there was growing concern over the glaring lack of prosecutions for war crimes , including torture, in the wake of probes

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A senior SAS commander was referred to prosecutors for attempting to pervert the course of justice, the investigation claims.

Contacted by the PA news agency, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman 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 the investigators have been independent of the MoD and involved external oversight and legal advice."

The MoD said cases were referred to the independent Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) as a result of investigations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Cases from Iraq were referred as a result of historic investigations. It is untrue to claim cases investigated under Operation Northmoor in Afghanistan were not acted upon. After careful investigation, overseen by a former chief constable, no Northmoor cases were referred to prosecutors," the spokesman said.

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The UK government and armed forces have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq . The new evidence has come from inside the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes during the occupation of Iraq and

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The MoD also said Service Police undertook extensive investigations into allegations about the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the SPA decided not to prosecute any of the cases referred to it.

The spokesman said: "Our military served with great courage and professionalism in Iraq and Afghanistan and we hold them to the highest standards. It is Government policy that military operations are conducted in accordance with the Law of Armed Conflict and where allegations are raised, they are investigated.

"The Sunday Times' claims have been passed to the Service Police and the Service Prosecuting Authority who remain open to considering allegations."

Rachel Logan, of Amnesty International UK, described the reports as "deeply troubling", adding: "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."

Meanwhile Hilary Meredith, of Hilary Meredith Solicitors which handles compensation claims for injured military personnel, dismissed the allegations as "flawed, baseless and biased" and as an "ongoing witch-hunt against our brave servicemen and women".

- Panorama: War Crimes Scandal Exposed will air on BBC One at 9pm on Monday November 18.

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