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Tuesday, 15 June 2004

Four British soldiers face court martial for sex abuse in Iraq

The four are from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and are accused of abusing and sexually assaulting Iraqi civilians said the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, in announcing the charges. The alleged offences were uncovered when one of the soldiers left a photographic film for processing at a shop in Tamworth, Staffordshire. On seeing the photographs, staff called the police and the soldier was taken into military custody.

The Government says it is determined to punish severely any abuses which are proved, although it denies that the alleged offences were in any way sanctioned by higher ranks. Such abuse, if substantiated, will be extremely serious and those responsible (whoever they are) must be ruthlessly exposed and punished. Any such transgressions are an appalling stain on this country's reputation ...

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