Judge-led inquiry into British military's detention and interrogation practices in south-east Iraq could follow court ruling
22 November 2011 - More than 100 Iraqis who were taken prisoner by British troops in the years after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 have won a court battle that could lead to an independent investigation into allegations that they were subjected to serious mistreatment.
The court of appeal ruled that a police inquiry set up by the Ministry of Defence to examine the claims is "substantially compromised" because some of its investigators served with a military police unit responsible for detaining the men.
The MoD has accepted that the Iraqis – most of whom were civilians – have an "arguable" claim that they were tortured or suffered other forms of inhumane treatment, and that this may have been in breach of the European convention on human rights.
There have also been allegations that a number of men were unlawfully killed while in British military custody. read more>>>