Govt dismisses Iraq 'war crime' claim for alleged abuses

William Hague has dismissed a bid to trigger prosecutions of British politicians and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq. The ICC has been asked to investigate alleged abuses by British troops, the Independent on Sunday reported.

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Govt 'to fight Iraq prosecutions' of senior figures

The Government has insisted it will fight a bid to trigger prosecutions of former ministers and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Iraq, according to the Independent on Sunday.

A complaint filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused British forces of abusing and killing detainees in their custody.

Government to fight Iraq prosecutions, according to a report. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Human rights lawyers have drawn on the cases of more than 400 Iraqis, arguing they represent "thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".

The formal complaint to the ICC was lodged yesterday by Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR).

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