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British soldiers face Iraqi abuse court martial

[JURIST] Three British soldiers, Corporal Daniel Kenyon and Lieutenant Corporals Darren Larkin and Martin Cooley, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, are expected to plead not guilty Tuesday at a court martial [British Army fact sheet] on charges of assault and indecent assault on Iraqi civilian prisoners. The claims, arising from a May 2003 incident in Basra, will be heard at the British military base in Osnabruck, Germany [British Forces in Germany official website]. A fourth soldier from the Fusiliers is also charged with ill treatment of Iraqi detainees, but a judge has banned reporting of the details. The army prosecuting authority and its civilian equivalent, the Crown Prosecution Service, is still considering whether to bring charges in 10 additional abuse cases involving British military personnel. BBC News has more.

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