26 March 2012 - The Royal Military Police are to be removed from their role in probing allegations of torture and ill treatment by more than 100 Iraqis, it was announced today.
That role will now be carried out by the Royal Navy Police, said Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey.
The move follows a critical ruling by the Court of Appeal.
Some 128 Iraqis complain that the UK Armed Forces were guilty of systemic abuse of detainees between March 2003 and December 2008 when they controlled the Basra area in southern Iraq.
Three appeal judges said the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) set up to investigate the allegations lacked "the requisite independence".
They found that involvement of Royal Military Police investigators could give rise to "the public perception of the possibility of bias". read more>>>