Top U.K. Defense Officials Accused of War Crimes

International Criminal Court receives huge dossier of allegations relating to British conduct during war in Iraq

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Head of British Army General Sir Peter Wall, one of the notable defense figures implicated in the ICC complaint, is seen during his visit in Pristina March 3, 2011.

Top U.K. defense figures could face prosecution for war crimes in Iraq, after the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague was presented with a dossier on Saturday containing thousands of allegations of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

The complaint is the result of several years’ investigation by Public Interest Lawyers and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights. It is the largest presentation yet of alleged British war crimes in Iraq, and names, among others, the head of the British Army, the former defense minister and former defense secretary.

“What this application does is throw down the challenge to the court to show there are no double standards,” Professor William Schabas at Middlesex University told the Independent.

The ICC has been criticized for not dealing with war crimes involving Western nations.

U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that there was no need to investigate the allegations, since they were “under investigation already or have been dealt with already in a variety of ways.”

[Independent]

30 comments
Jon Mutter
Jon Mutter

That's what war is. A thin line between heroism & war crimes.

Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston

what about all the deaths in the name of Christianity ? Christians have have how many holy wars

Kamaljit Sen
Kamaljit Sen

What about all the Deaths in the name of Islam !!!

Michael Joniaux
Michael Joniaux

The US government is the biggest terrorist in the world.

Michael Joniaux
Michael Joniaux

I like how the media won't talk about the US war crimes.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

It is not the problems you have, but rather how you try to find creative solutions.

David Castaneda
David Castaneda

I don't have my glasses on, but is that Creed Bratton?

Fran Humpage
Fran Humpage

All war crimes are wrong, but who would want to go to war? However, I think these lawyers and advocates should perhaps load up and do a two year front line tour taking in all branches of the services first. We shouldn't be there! But we are!

Blaise BN
Blaise BN

The court apply one set of standards to African nations and a completely different one to Western nations. Rest assured the court will do nothing about these revelations.\

Matt Zaba
Matt Zaba

What about the war crimes committed by the enemy everyday? What about the crimes against humanity committed in the name of religion in the ME to? They should be lucky countries are spending billions of dollars and countless lives for a better place in the ME that doesn't even effect them (not that I think it's possible).

JustinEiler
JustinEiler

The US has signed, but not ratified, the treaties necessary for participation in the ICC. Until (if) those treaties are ratified, the US does not fall under ICC jurisdiction.

JustinEiler
JustinEiler

US media frequently acknowledges, and discusses in depth, alleged and actual war crimes committed by US troops.