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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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Dossier on 'abuse' by UK forces in Iraq goes to ICC

A dossier, reportedly detailing allegations of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault of Iraqi detainees has been presented to the International Criminal Court, the Independent on Sunday has reported.

According to the dossier:

  • It calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes under Article 15 of the Rome Statute
  • It says "those who bear the greatest responsibility" for alleged war crimes "include individuals at the highest levels" of the British Army and political system
  • It states UK military commanders "knew or should have known" that forces under their control "were committing or about to commit war crimes"
  • They describe incidents ranging from "hooding" prisoners to burning, electric shocks, threats to kill and "cultural and religious humiliation"

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