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.

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Inquiry will look at original Military Police investigation

During the opening of the al-Sweady public inquiry, Jonathan Acton Davis QC is expected to deliver a a comprehensive outline, including why the inquiry was ordered and what it aims to identify.

The inquiry will also look at, an original Royal Military Police investigation into what happened.

Since 2009, the database compiled by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team has ben searched for any relevant material.

We felt we couldn't keep postponing the start of the inquiry just for that, but by the time the military evidence starts in September we want to have completed the search.

– Cecilia French, inquiry secretary

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