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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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Human rights lawyer: 'This goes right to the top'

The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate alleged war crimes in Iraq by British soldiers, it has emerged.

A complaint filed by Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional Rights and a British law firm has accused UK troops of abusing and killing detainees in their custody.

According to the Independent on Sunday, human rights lawyers have presented a dossier of drawing 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".

Phil Shiner, a solicitor from Public Interest Lawyers, told Sky News: "This is historic. The UK has never been investigated by the ICC. There is clear evidence this goes right to the top."

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