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mr blur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:14 AM
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UK soldiers face war crimes trial
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 04:17 AM by mr blur
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4698251.stm

"Three British soldiers are facing war crimes charges as well as criminal charges in connection with the death of a detainee in Iraq in September 2003.

The war crimes will be tried by British courts martial, not at The Hague..."

Keep it in the family, eh? Or am I just being cynical?

(edit to add toon)

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Guy_Montag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:03 AM
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1. They are being charged under the war crimes act,
the most up to date legislation on behaviour of soldiers.

There is no need to send them to the ICC, unless they are not taken to court in the UK. The point of the ICC was to allow the trial of people whose govt. refuses to try them.

Soldiers have been subject to courts martial from time immemorial, there is no change & nothing suspicious here.
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mr blur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:33 AM
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2. Understood, but
I'd rather not have the feeling that justice, such as it is these days, will not prevail. But you're right, must keep the cynicism in check.
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non sociopath skin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:59 AM
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3. It's about where the buck stops.
In Abu Ghraib it stopped with the squaddies. Very convenient. If the brass and the politicos knew about it and sanctioned it or just did nowt, then we should be going for them too.

The Skin
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Guy_Montag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:13 AM
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4. A full Colonel is up before the beak too n/t
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non sociopath skin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:51 AM
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6. Good.
The Skin
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:44 AM
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5. It's good the U.K. is prosecuting for war crimes when it sees them
Although it seems to be limited to uniformed men for now.
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