Re: British murderers in Iraq acquitted
- From: Mitch <mitch@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 16:29:12 GMT
On 4 Nov 2005 07:39:28 -0800, "Richard Dell" <rfdell@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>"Mitch" <mitch@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>| On 3 Nov 2005 11:02:31 -0800, "Faris Jawad"
>| <ana_faris_bila_jawad@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>| >British murderers in Iraq acquitted
>| >11/3/2005 2:00:00 PM GMT
>| >No British soldiers have been charged in the prisoners abuse that
>| >place in the notorious Iraqi jail outside Baghdad.
>Perhaps that is because the British are in Basra.
>| God is great!
>This case is an utter shambles, almost entirely due to the inability of
>the Iraqi witnesses to tell the truth, as they admitted under oath. The
>entire prosecution case, which was based of their testimonies,
>collapsed as a result. Cost to the British taxpayer - £10m.
>There is going to be fallout from this case. First, the British
>military will be very reluctant to pursue further prosecutions, even if
>there was strong evidence of serious misconduct - this is bad for
>justice. Second, the British (and almost certainly all other coalition
>forces) will not submit to Iraqi justice, as their culture seems to be
>quite incapable of administering it. The Iraqi government will have to
>take this into consideration when asking coalition forces to assist
>them in military operations.
>As for what really happened, notwithstanding the pejorative title of
>this thread, how will we ever know now? The military asked for staff
>trained to look after prisoners before the invasion, but these could
>not be afforded, so we have men trained to kill having to do it. I
>would not be surprised that some overstepped the mark - especially as
>they had experience in battle of people who have no respect for the
>Geneva conventions, but the fault here lies with the government.
Confession time. I didn't read the article. I figured if Faris posted
something about British troops getting away with Iraqi prisoner abuse,
then it must be a good thing by default. In fact, I still do.
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