PROBE OF BRITISH WAR CRIMES PUSHED

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THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) she has reopened an initial probe into allegations of war crimes committed by British soldiers after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Fatou Bensouda said in a statement from the ICC, based in The Hague, that the initial investigation was reopened after new allegations of prisoner abuse were submitted. “The new information . . . alleges the responsibility of officials of the United Kingdom for war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse in Iraq from 2003 to 2008,” Bensouda said. Bensouda’s office in early January received documents from the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights together with the Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) alleging British involvement in torture, based on interviews with more than 400 Iraqi detainees.

AFP

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