September 13th, 2012
(ObservationNews) – Up to 1,000 British soldiers face war crimes charges for acts including torture committed during the US-led invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
The charges are mostly based on testimony given by detainees in Iraq and are related to the abuse and torture of detainees, reported Antiwar.com.
The report comes as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu has called for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush to be tried at the International Criminal Court for war crimes they committed in the invasion of Iraq.
Bush and Blair invaded Iraq under the pretext that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. However, almost two years after the US-led invasion on Iraq, the CIA’s top weapons inspector in Iraq said they found nothing of the kind in the country.
After Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist, was tortured to death in British custody, a public inquiry found that there were “systemic” problems related to the treatment of detainees at the hands of British soldiers.
The Telegraph reported that members of Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS), interrogators from a unit called the Joint Support Group, senior officers, and hundreds of soldiers are to be questioned over their role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
Source: Observation News