Thursday, December 18, 2014

Al-Sweady Public Inquiry Report submitted to Parliament

Sir Thayne Forbes
Al-Sweady Public Inquiry Chair
The report of the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry has been laid before Parliament and posted on the Inquiry's website. According to the website, the proceeding arose from "allegations that Iraqi nationals were detained after a firefight with British soldiers in Iraq in 2004 and unlawfully killed at a British camp, and that others had been mistreated at that camp and later at a detention facility."

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.)

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