British soldiers sexually abused us, claim Iraqis
Disturbing graphic allegations of sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi
civilians by British soldiers are among 33 new torture cases being
investigated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The fresh claims include allegations that female and male soldiers
sexually abused and humiliated detainees in camps in southern Iraq,
prompting comparisons with the torture practices employed by US soldiers
at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
In one case, British soldiers are accused of piling Iraqi prisoners
on top of each other and subjecting them to electric shocks, an echo of
the abuse at the notorious US detention centre that came to light in
Lawyers and human rights groups warned yesterday that the British
Army may face hundreds of claims of sexual and physical abuse after it
was revealed the MoD was investigating the 33 cases. Phil Shiner, the
lawyer representing all the former detainees, is asking for a judicial
review of the cases and a wider public inquiry. "I have it on good
authority that there are hundreds of cases that are going
uninvestigated. My guess is that many of them will remain buried."
The 33 new cases include allegations of controversial techniques
widely used by the Americans, including mock executions, dog attacks and
exposure to pornography.
Hussain Hashim Khinyab, 35, a father-of-three, was arrested in April
2006. He claims he was badly tortured at the British camp at Shaibah and
later sexually abused by female personnel.
He alleges he saw male and female soldiers engaging in sexual
intercourse in front of the prisoners in order to deliberately humiliate
Iraqi human rights campaigner Mazin Younis who compiled the
allegations, said many alleged victims waited years before coming
forward because they were afraid of what would happen if they