Britain’s Abu Ghraib?

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

UK Iraqi abuse photos emerge as court martial continues
Jeannie Shawl at 7:43 AM

Front page of Wednesday's London Daily Mirror newspaper
[JURIST] A British court martial has released over twenty pictures that seem to show British troops abusing Iraqi civilians. The photos emerged as three Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldiers are facing nine charges [JURIST report, charge list from BBC News] for allegedly abusing looters detained at a camp outside Basra in May 2003. Responding to the photos [selected photos from BBC News], head of the British Army Gen. Sir Mike Jackson [official Ministry of Defense profile], condemned the alleged acts of abuse [BBC report] committed by UK soldiers in Iraq. In Jackson's statement [MoD text], the general refused to comment on the ongoing court martial, but said "We condemn utterly all acts of abuse. Where there is evidence of abuse, this is immediately investigated." BBC News has more on the court martial and the abuse photos.

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