Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing JournalistLast Modified: 22:17 p.m. DST, 14 May 2014
The claim being analyzed is that there were 52 cases of unlawful killing and more than 170 counts of mistreatment of detained Iraqi soldiers. Accusations include incidents of electrocution, mock executions, beatings and sexual assault.
The ICC first examined claims of abuse in 2006, but there was insufficient evidence to pursue the matter further. However, in January the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights and the law firm Public Interest Lawyers requested that ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda re-open the case because of new information. The latest update shows that the abuse was much more common, happened over a longer period of time and was more geographically widespread than originally thought.
The UK is the first western country to be under ICC scrutiny. However, the ICC will probably not launch a more formal investigation, as the allegations are now being taken care of by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, a unit the Ministry of Defense created in 2010 to investigate issues of misconduct. The ICC may only officially investigate claims if they feel that national attempts are insufficient, but it will keep a close eye on the internal proceedings to make sure correct protocol is followed.
- Investigation of alleged torture by UK troops in Iraq to be reopened (thehindu.com)
- Could High-Ranking UK Officials Face Charges for War Crimes in Iraq? (rinf.com)
- ICC prosecutor to examine alleged British crimes in Iraq war (en.trend.az)
- Int'l War Crimes Prosecutor Reopens Iraq Inquiry (abcnews.go.com)
- ICC to examine claims that British troops carried out war crimes in Iraq (theguardian.com)
- Hague investigation into British 'war crimes' in Iraq (telegraph.co.uk)