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British army faces 9 new allegations of Iraqi prisoner abuse

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defence [official website] has confirmed that British army prosecutors have completed an inquiry into nine more allegations of brutality by British soldiers in Iraq and are contemplating whether to file charges, Sunday's Observer reports. Four of the cases involve the fatal shooting of Iraqis during military operations while two involve non-fatal injuries; three of the cases involve allegations of abuse against detainees. The MoD continues to investigate 48 other allegations of wrongdoing, while 77 cases have been reviewed and closed by army prosecutors. More British soldiers are certain to face court martial proceedings this year in addition to the three now facing a military court [JURIST report], fueling demands for a full public inquiry into army conduct and the government's knowledge of army activities. The Observer has more.

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