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effective collapse of a £20million case.
Only Cpl Donald Payne, named as committing some of the worst abuses, was convicted at the original court martial after pleading guilty to inhumane treatment. He was cleared of manslaughter but jailed for a year. Six others, including the regiment’s former commanding officer, Col Jorge Mendonça, were cleared of charges.
Last week both he and Major Peebles were singled out as bearing “heavy responsibility” for what happened. Several soldiers who were not involved in the original court martial are among those who could now face prosecution.
This could include a large number of men who have left the Forces.
Dr Fox said efforts were already under way to determine whether “more can be done to bring those responsible to justice”.
He told MPs that the MoD’s Iraq Historic Allegations Team had found evidence of “some concern” and cases would be passed to the Director of Service Prosecutions where there was “sufficient” evidence.
Any eventual cases would be likely to be brought by the Crown Prosecution Service as most of the men were now civilians. Sapna Malik, a lawyer representing the Iraqi families, said they “expect” both military and civilian prosecuting authorities to act.
Despite the criticism, Dr Fox rejected a key recommendation in the report for a blanket ban on so-called
Col Richard Kemp Commentary
Colonel Jorge Mendonça at a court martial in 2007
“harsh” questioning methods, warning that lives could be put at risk unless the Forces could deploy all “necessary” techniques.
Editorial Comment: Page 19
A COMMANDING officer has as great a responsibility for ensuring the safety and welfare of his prisoners as he does for his own soldiers. At the time Baha Mousa was beaten to death in Basra, I was holding al-Qaeda prisoners 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan.
My officers and I put in place stringent control measures that ensured there was no possibility prisoners could be ill-treated. In my experience this has been the unwavering practice of the vast majority of British military commanders. Unlike many armies, ours has been well known for its humane and magnanimous treatment of prisoners of war. The situation in Basra at the time was very different from the relative calm in Kabul. Eighteen British soldiers had been killed and many more were horrifically wounded in the months leading up to Mousa’s imprisonment. The fighting was often intense. Our forces were under enormous pressure.
We should not underestimate the psychological strain that the horrors of battle, including seeing mates killed or maimed beside them, places on even the besttrained infantryman. Living in constant danger, and often fearing for their lives, some men can snap or seek bloody revenge. Does this excuse the vicious treatment meted out to Mousa and other Iraqi civilians by their military captors? Far from it. The Army understands the stresses its soldiers are under and the limitations of human behaviour. That is why it imposes a rigid, hierarchical system of control. Gross mistreatment over a number of days, within a military base, with several soldiers involved and others aware, means the system utterly failed.
The Gage report tells us that the Ministry of Defence failed to ensure that rules governing treatment of prisoners introduced in the 1970s were known by The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (QLR). That is of course utterly inexcusable. But whether or not they knew the rules and regulations, the soldiers concerned certainly knew they were not allowed to torture their prisoners and beat them to death.
The QLR has a distinguished record in battle. I have no doubt that even those soldiers who acted so reprehensibly were on other occasions brave and dedicated men. In this disgraceful abuse, they are, as Gage makes clear, in a very small minority. But their actions have betrayed the other British soldiers who fought and died in Iraq upholding the worldrenowned fighting reputation and honour of the British Army.
Col Kemp served in both Iraq and Afghanistan
By Jason Lewis in the Dominican Republic THREE years after going on the run, Michael Brown, the multi-millionaire fraudster and Liberal Democrat donor, has been tracked down to a Caribbean hideout.
Brown, who gave a record £2.4 million to the party, is living under an assumed name in the Dominican Republic, which has no extradition treaty with Britain.
Convicted in his absence and given a seven-year jail sentence for a multi-million pound theft, he has changed his appearance, eluding both an international manhunt and attempts to seize his fortune. Our photograph, taken from his golf membership card, shows that Brown has grown a beard and allowed his hair to turn grey.
Living in luxury on the island and posing as an investor, he has set up a string of business ventures with local entrepreneurs, but has faced a criminal investigation over a disputed oil deal.
Brown has rented a series
Michael Brown has changed his appearance since fleeing Britain before his trial of grand properties, at one point living in a $1.4 million (£882,000) villa guarded by armed security guards, driving a $100,000 Audi Q5 car and playing golf on the island’s finest courses.
An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found that his escape from justice, which came after a Liberal Democrat peer unwittingly put up a £250,000 surety – money he has now lost – was intricately planned. He was aided by a convicted drug smuggler with links to organised crime, who supplied him with a new passport.
The disclosures will embarrass Nick Clegg because his party has never repaid Brown’s donation, made in 2005, despite little doubt that the cash came from criminal means.
Claiming to be an international bond trader, Glasgow-born Brown, 45, who flew senior politicians around in his private jet, was running a massive pyramid fraud. Clients, including Martin Edwards, the former chairman of Manchester United, from whom he took £8million, never saw a return on their investment. In total, he persuaded wealthy clients to part with at least £36million, although there are suggestions that the figure was more than £50million, much of which has never been recovered. After being charged in 2008 on various counts of fraud and moneylaundering, Brown was initially held in custody but lawyers persuaded the courts that he was not a flight risk. He was freed and his electronic tag removed.
As well as using a fake surname to open a new bank account, he altered the way he looked.
By Heidi Blake THE Conservative Party has received millions of pounds in donations from developers who stand to benefit from the Government’s planning reforms.
Dozens of property firms have given a total of £3.3 million to the party over the past three years, including large gifts from companies seeking to develop rural land.
Developers are also paying thousands of pounds for access to senior Conservatives through the Property Forum, a club of elite donors which sets up “breakfast meetings” to discuss planning and property issues.
The disclosures are likely to provoke a new “cash-foraccess” row and will give rise to fears that planning policies could have been influenced by the property industry.
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