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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I May 2009
More British troops
accused of abuse in Iraq
British troops have been accused of Last year, the Ministry of Defence
using interrogation techniques on Iraqi has agreed to pay out a record of
civilian detainees in Maysan Province nearly £3m in compensation to the
that breached human rights laws. family of Basra hotel worker Baha
Six Iraqis are asking the High Court Mousa, who died after being beaten
in London to order an independent by British troops and to nine other
public inquiry into allegations that men detained and interrogated at the
soldiers may have killed up to 20 same time.
captives held after a gun battle near The compensation came after
the town of Majar-al-Kabir in May former Defense Secretary Des
2004. Browne admitted the British troops
Medical evidence is being provided had breached Article 2, the right to
in support of the accusations that life, and Article 3, the prohibition of
captives were tortured, murdered and torture, in the European Convention
their bodies mutilated. on Human Rights.
Five of the six also allege they In the latest case, which is
themselves were abused, including expected to take 15 days, lawyers
detainees were taken live to the scene
being thrown violently against a wall are seeking a judicial review of the
of the battle before being tortured and
and denied water. Ministry of Defence’s decision not to
The case, which is being opposed order a public inquiry.
An inquiry carried out by the Royal
by Defence Secretary, is the latest in Rabinder Singh, counsel for the
Military Police rejected the allegations
a series of legal actions against British six, told the court that the case raised
of murder, torture and mutilation, but
troops deployed in Iraq following the “sensitive and serious issues” for
its inquiry is being criticised in court
2003 US-led invasion. the British Army. It was claimed that as flawed and inadequate.
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The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)
accused of being “dishourable” in
seeking to deport up to 11 Pakistani
nationals, who were arrested as evidence produced to substantiate
Jewish and Muslim families will be
terrorist suspects but were released such a plot,” he told BBC radio after
able to prevent pathologists from
without charge after being detained the 11 Pakistanis and one Briton who
cutting open the bodies of their loved
for 13 days. were detained in the Manchester
ones for inquest post mortems, the
MCB spokesman Inayat area in north-west England were
Government announced.
Bunglawala also criticised Prime released without charge.
Coroners will consider faith issues
Minister Gordon Brown for claiming In a press conference announcing
when deciding how to determine the
that a “very big plot” had been their release, Greater Manchester
cause of a death and, where possible,
covered at the time of the arrests, chief constable Peter Fahy confirmed
will use magnetic resonance imaging
saying it was “completely unfair to that they were “innocent.” But the
(MRI) scanning rather than an
make prejudicial and premature Pakistani nationals were handed
invasive autopsy.
remarks.” to the UK Border Agency to face
Muslim and Jewish communities
“When these arrests took place deportation
object to invasive post mortems
in very dramatic circumstances “Instead of releasing them with good
because they conflict with religious
with students being pulled from grace and making clear a mistake
beliefs about the sanctity of the body.
universities and thrown to the floor, has been made, the government
The announcement by the Ministry
we were told by the prime minister, is seeking to deport them, citing a
of Justice is part of the biggest
no less, that this was part of a very very vague national security threat.
overhaul of the death certification and
big terrorist plot,” Bunglawala said.. That is a very dishonourable way of
coroners system for more than one
“Clearly there just has not been the proceeding,” Bunglawala said.
hundred years.
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