Lawyers: Public inquiry needed over Iraq abuse claims

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond plans to investigate claims by 180 Iraqis that they were tortured by British soldiers through the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which includes members of the Royal Navy Police (RNP).

But the Public Interest Lawyers representing the Iraqis argue justice requires a fully independent public inquiry. Ministry of Defence lawyers are opposing the application.

An MOD spokesman recently said: "The IHAT is the most effective way of investigating these unproven allegations rather than a costly public inquiry."

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Iraqis seek 'abuse' inquiry

A lawyer for 192 Iraqi civilians, who claim they were systematically abused by British soldiers, is asking the High Court for a public inquiry into their allegations.