Iraqi deaths inquiry opens

The al-Sweady public inquiry has begun, more than three years after it was ordered. The inquiry will examine claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis, and tortured detainees in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.

Second examination of Iraq abuse allegations

A legal battle around the alleged murder and torture of civilians during the Iraq War will begin today.

The uncle of Hamid Al-Sweady, one of those who died, is taking on the Ministry of Defence along with five Iraqis who claim they were abused by British troops after the firefight.

The inquiry will investigate:

  • Allegations of unlawful killing at a UK base called Camp Abu Naji on May 14 and 15 2004
  • Alleged ill-treatment of five Iraqi nationals at the camp, and a detention facility at Shaibah Logistics Base in Iraq between May 14 and September 23 that year

It is the second examination of the case, after an earlier Royal Military Police inquiry was judged inadequate.

Inquiry opens into Iraq abuse allegations

The al-Sweady public inquiry will open today, more than three years after it was ordered.

The inquiry will examine claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis, and tortured detainees after the "Battle of Danny Boy" in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.

A helicopter landing at Camp Abu Naji, the UK base where it was alleged that unlawful killing took place Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive

Allegations have been denied by the Ministry of Defence, stating the deaths occurred on the battlefield.

The inquiry, which is named after 19-year-old Hamid Al-Sweady, one of those who died after a firefight between UK soldiers and insurgents, will begin today at Finlaison House, in London at 10:00.

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