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Iraqis abused by British troops to get £1m damages

y Robert Verkaik, Law Editor
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Nine Iraqis who were assaulted and sexually abused by British soldiers while being held at an army camp are to receive up to £1m in damages after the Ministry of Defence admitted liability.


It is the second big payout by the Army this year over allegations of abuse in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Government lawyers agreed in July to pay almost £3m in compensation to the father of an Iraqi man, Baha Mousa, who died in the custody of British troops in Basra, and to nine others who were abused in a detention centre in Basra in September 2003.

In the latest case, nine more Iraqis made allegations of "humiliating" abuse after they were arrested by the 1st Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Operation Ali Baba, which was aimed at catching and deterring looters who were stealing humanitarian aid from a British Army camp.

Four soldiers were convicted at courts martial in Germany 2005 of offences at Camp Breadbasket after photographs emerged of Iraqis being abused, including being suspended in nets from a forklift truck, and forced to adopt simulated sexual positions.

No one was charged in connection with forcing Iraqis to simulate sex acts and give a thumbs-up for the camera, despite months of investigation by the Royal Military Police.

The MoD admitted yesterday that unlawful "assaults and batteries" were suffered by nine Iraqi men claiming damages for abuse by members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in May 2003. Sapna Malik, a partner at Leigh Day & Co solicitors who are representing the men in their claims against the MoD, said: "It is good that the MoD has admitted that the treatment received by each of the claimants was unlawful, although its refusal to accept that Camp Breadbasket falls within the ambit of the Human Rights Act is frustrating. The maltreatment of the men was hideous, humiliating and degrading and the legacy lingers with them to this day.

"We hope that the admission marks the MoD's willingness to resolve the claims fairly so that the men can try to finally move forward with their lives."

However, it is understood that the MoD has requested further details of the abuse, including medical reports and witness statements before making any payouts. The MoD has also denied that the Human Rights Act or European Convention on Human Rights extended to the humanitarian aid distribution centre where the abuses occurred.

An MoD spokesman said: "This claim is currently subject to litigation and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment on the specific aspects of this case. The MoD settles compensation claims when there is a legal liability to do so. Such liability does not exist during the combat phase of an operation, but compensation is paid where it is judged that UK armed forces have been negligent in causing injury or damage post cessation of hostilities.

"Over 120,000 British troops have served in Iraq and the vast majority have conducted themselves to the highest standards of behaviour, displaying integrity and selfless commitment."


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Added: Sep-16-2008 
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  • It's a bit fked up that these guys get Western size payouts but Ghurkas who actually fought for us not against us only get Nepalese size pensions. Oh wait, it appears they were only criminals. I guess that makes it ok then...

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  • I bet the scumbag Lawyers who are over in Iraq trawling for these cases expect British troops to protect them whilst they are there

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  • I know a few girls abused by the British Army in Aldershot. All they got was a rash!!!!

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  • Should have not given them one penny, now they be coming out of the woodwork with abuse cases the flood gates are open.

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  • should read

    Iraq looters abused by British troops to get 1m damages
    they should have got a bullet in the head.

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  • "wanting to torture and murder prisoners without trial makes you no better than al qaeda

    same goes for anyone else here who backs your logic"

    Where is the logic in doing nothing more than hijacking any thread you can to wiggle your political agenda into?
    Where are you"the person" in all this?
    You share nothing but a single task of political suicide, repetitive and redundant.
    You are not using this site for what it was intended for.
    In truth you are little more than More..

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  • oh wait... these guys are willing to capture soldiers, behead them and post them on the interenet so everyone can see including the victims familiy... and we smack em round a lil bit and they get 111000 each... its all character building why are they complaining

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  • Damn...

    How can I get some British trrops to abuse me? My car needs some work.

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  • Wow, 111,000 bp!
    Beat me up 2, I need a new house.
    No, seriously...it just gets stupider and stupider.
    Yes, hateful spam in the guise of calm resolve.
    How much do you get if they run over your foot with a HMV?

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  • You call slapping their arse and exposing the cocks. thats not sexual abuse. In this case you all know what goes on in a soldiers head. He will do anything to relieve the strain and reassure themselves. They lose friends everyday to the al qaeda. Their lucky they were not shot in the head and buried alive.
    Obviously this should not be tolerated but come on. In war it's hard to keep your head together. In battle and away from the public eye.

    So what will happen the the men from now? More..

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  • hahaah eerrmm NO! says the faggot who's probably stroking a 6 yr old and tossin off his pet donkey...and it was us British who fucked that piece of shit country up anywayz and if you read the full text you little bitch is says we put them in humiliating positions no fuckin shaggin them you nob-jockey

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  • ^^^^that was too that dirty muslim peado scruff^^^ JABRAN

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  • Sorry and their not on US soil.

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  • Why do we pay out so much for this sort of thing, yet a member of our armed forces who is wounded and left with a disability gets next to nothing. Makes my blood boil. Perhaps before we defeat the taliban, we should turn our armed forces on the Politicall Correct morons that are ruining this country.

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  • Serves em right for following the example of the American Soldiers.

    Is there anyone who isnt regretting getting involved with Bush and his cronies?

    The list just keeps growing.

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  • "Nine Iraqis who were assaulted and sexually abused by British soldiers while being held at an army camp are to receive up to 1m in damages after the Ministry of Defence admitted liability."

    ***

    That's 111,000 pounds each, I think. Eh. At least they're being given compensation. I wonder what compensation torture victims from Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo get.

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    • For many of them, a bullet in the back of the head would do nicely.

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    • What an idiotic statement. You dont even know what they did to wind up there. Neither do our Soldier for that matter. Just hold them till peole forget them. Even if they didnt do a thing.

      Disgusting embarrassment for America. History can rewrite this fiasco. Republicans have turned everything to shit!

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    • Many of the innocent them have already been let go.

      Some at Guantanamo Bay were victims of circumstance, or were falsely accused by fellow afghans with vendettas.

      Many more would tear your eyes out with a dull spoon if they had half a chance, and could care less that you are here leaping their defense.

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    • their compensation was death

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    • I wonder what our soldiers and men like Daniel Pearl got... oh wait.

      People try to call us some monster evil empire but what other countries besides the West do things like this.

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  • hahahah you british are GAY

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