Mar 18, 2013 - An elderly Iraqi father described seeing signs of torture on his son's body as he testified on Monday at a London public inquiry into allegations of atrocities by British troops in 2004.
Mizal Karim Al-Sweady was the first of 60 Iraqi witnesses who will give evidence to the Al-Sweady inquiry into the disputed circumstances of 28 deaths during or after a battle at the Danny Boy checkpoint in southern Iraq.
The inquiry is named after Al-Sweady's son Hamid, 19, one of a group of Iraqi men allegedly captured alive and killed in detention. The military denies the allegations.
Dressed in a black-and-white keffiyeh and long brown robe over a grey suit, the elderly father-of-17 arrived carrying a framed photograph of Hamid alive. Before he began answering questions, he carried the photo to the inquiry chairman, retired judge Thayne Forbes, and the two men shook hands.
Moments later, as part of his evidence, Al-Sweady was shown a gruesome photograph of Hamid's corpse and asked to describe injuries he says he saw on his body shortly after his death.
Speaking through an interpreter, Al-Sweady said he had cleaned his son's body before burial and had seen wire marks around his neck, bruises on his chest, a broken jaw, a bullet wound in the neck and one in the leg. read more>>>
21 March 2013 - An Iraqi detainee was beaten and threatened by British troops, and left fearing he would be tortured and executed, he has told a public inquiry.
Mahdi Jassim Abdullah al-Behadili told the Al-Sweady Inquiry he was subjected to humiliation and sleep deprivation.
The inquiry is examining claims that British soldiers mistreated and killed detainees after the so-called Battle of Danny Boy in Iraq in 2004.
The MoD denies the claims, insisting the dead were killed in battle.
Mr al-Behadili, 26, told the inquiry on Wednesday he was repeatedly hit and threatened with a metal tent pole, and that he thought British troops were "out to kill us". read more>>>