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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to email@example.com. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. UK troops accused of POW brutality (Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar) --__--__-- Message: 1 From: "Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar" <ghazwan_almukhtar@DELETETHIShotmail.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: UK troops accused of POW brutality Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004 21:12:25 +0300 [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] http://www.theage.com.au/cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2004/02/19/1077072756769.html UK troops accused of POW brutality February 19, 2004 - 12:30PM British soldiers in Iraq kicked and punched hooded prisoners as they screamed for mercy, according to a witness who says he saw one Iraqi detainee beaten to death.. The serving British soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Sun newspaper he had been "sick to his stomach" after witnessing the beatings in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Britain's defence ministry said earlier this month that it was investigating the death of an Iraqi prisoner while in British custody following reports that he had been beaten to death. According to The Sun, the dead man was among nine Iraqis held by the Queen's Lancashire Regiment on suspicion of being bandits last September, just a few weeks after the regiment lost one of its number to a roadside bomb. The unnamed soldier said that when he visited the British base's cell block he saw the prisoners stretched out or kneeling with hoods over their heads. "Some of the lads were just coming up, booting them in the stomach and punching them," he told the paper. "The moans and groans were going on for ages. The prisoners were pleading: 'Please stop, please stop.'" The beatings continued over two days, with a number of British troops shouting racist abuse at the prisoners - who were prevented from sleeping or lying down - as they kicked, punched and slapped them, the soldier said. The soldier, who added that maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners was common, said he saw the dead prisoner after his hood had been pulled off. "He had a big, swollen black eye, his nose was broken and it looked like his jaw had been dislocated. His face was bloody," the paper quoted him as saying. "I feel sick to my stomach that I didn't do anything to save them, as I'm sure other people do," he said. "It's something we will have to live with." Earlier this month the Ministry of Defence said that British military police were investigating the death of the prisoner, which "inevitably will take time". This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/19/1077072756769.html End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk