|Sir Thayne Forbes|
Al-Sweady Public Inquiry Chair
The BBC has this story. In part:
The publication of the Al-Sweady Inquiry will undoubtedly fuel the debate about the way lawyers pursue claims against the military - in this instance the actions of Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day.
The inquiry chairman, Sir Thayne Forbes, said the Iraqi detainees who had alleged abuse and torture had given evidence that was "unprincipled in the extreme" and "wholly without regard to the truth".
The inquiry did uncover some ill treatment, including sleep deprivation, strip searches and blindfolding.The Inquiry lasted four years and is reported to have cost over £30 million. (This backgrounder from The Guardian puts the price tag at £24.6 million.)