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Sunday, May 29, 2005
  The ICC has it's go at UK troops
Telegraph | News | Ten UK soldiers face international war crimes trial: "Up to 10 British soldiers face prosecution under international war crimes legislation - for the first time - in the single largest investigation into prisoner abuse during the Iraq War.
A British soldier stops Iraqi civilians at a check-point near Camp Dogwood
A British soldier stops Iraqi civilians at a checkpoint

They are being investigated over the alleged torture and death of an Iraqi civilian, who died in British military custody. The soldiers, including a decorated colonel, two Intelligence Corps interrogators - believed to be a major and a captain - and seven members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, have been told that they could face prosecution under the International Criminal Court Act.

An Army doctor with the rank of major is also under investigation for 'neglect' and 'failure to carry out a duty' in relation to the death.

If prosecuted, it will be the first time that British soldiers have been tried under war crimes legislation enacted in 2001, which resulted from Britain backing the establishment of the International Criminal Court. The US refused to sign up to the treaty which set up the court, precisely because it did not want its soldiers to be liable to prosecution.

All of the soldiers have been 'charged' under military law and have been told that they may seek legal aid to prepare their defence, if the authorities decide to prosecute."
 
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