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Seven British troops face court martial for murder of Iraqi civilian

[JURIST] Lord Goldsmith, Britain's attorney general, announced Thursday [AP report] that seven British soldiers suspected of murdering an Iraqi civilian in southern Iraq will stand trial. The troops, who had been extensively questioned about the death of Nadhem Abdullah on May 11, 2003, will face court martial in Germany. This is the first time that UK soldiers in Iraq have been charged for the murder of an Iraqi civilian. Civilian police are also said to be investigating six other soldiers over the shooting of another Iraqi man. Three other British troops already face a court martial [JURIST report, charge list from BBC] in Germany for the alleged abuse of Iraqi civilians at a base in Basra. Since the war in Iraq has started, Britain has started more than 130 investigations into deaths and injuries of Iraqis ranging from combat deaths to Iraqis who died in custody. No date has been set for a trial or a preliminary hearing. AFP has more.

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