UK soldiers facing court-martial for Iraqi war crimes

UK soldiers facing court-martial for Iraqi war crimes

[JURIST] Three UK soldiers will be brought to trial charged with war crimes against Iraqi detainees, the Attorney General for England and Wales, Lord Goldsmith, announced Tuesday on behalf of the British Army Prosecuting Authority. Seven other British soldiers face courts-martial for alleged detainee abuse. The war crimes charges are in connection with the death of Baha Da' oud Salim Mousa [JURIST report], who died in British custody in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in September 2003. The soldiers also face charges of manslaughter, assault, inhuman treatment of persons and perverting the course of justice. All the men have been charged under the UK's International Criminal Court Act 2001 [PDF text]. The British Attorney General's office provides additional information [ministerial statement] on the prosecution of British soldiers for maltreatment of Iraqi civilians. AP has more; BBC News has local coverage.