|File photo of the mother and son of Baha Mousa (R in the picture), |
an Iraqi man who was kicked and beaten to death
in British Army custody. From Reuters.
The ICC (International Criminal Court at the Hague) has announced they are investigating the UK for war crimes committed during the Iraq War - Unlawful detention, abuse, torture and negligence resulting in deaths.
Sounds all too familiar.
According to the Guardian:
"In a statement released on Tuesday, the ICC said: 'The new information received by the office alleges the responsibility of officials of the United Kingdom for war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse in Iraq from 2003 until 2008.
'The reopened preliminary examination will analyse, in particular, alleged crimes attributed to the armed forces of the United Kingdom deployed in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.'
But Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, said the government rejected any allegation that there was systematic abuse carried out by the British armed forces in Iraq.
'British troops are some of the best in the world and we expect them to operate to the highest standards, in line with both domestic and international law,' he said. 'In my experience, the vast majority of our armed forces meet those expectations.'
Grieve added that, although the allegations were already being "comprehensively investigated" in Britain, 'the UK government has been, and remains, a strong supporter of the ICC and I will provide the office of the prosecutor with whatever is necessary to demonstrate that British justice is following its proper course'".
|Photos released by Piers Morgan of The Daily Mirror in 2004,|
Photos found to be "faked" but allegations against UK
for torture and abuse remained - In 2006, ICC investigated and dismissed allegations.
The court's decision was prompted by complaints filed by European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) on behalf of former detainees.
The ICC seems to be re-evaluating Iraq years after evidence has revealed atrocities committed in that attack on a sovereign nation by some of the world's biggest bullies...