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Charges Dropped Over Military Police Murders

Associated Press

August 16, 2010

BASRA, IRAQ – Five Iraqis accused of murdering six British military police officers in 2003 have had the charges against them dropped.

Six officers from the Royal Military Police were killed by a mob while defending a police station in the town of Majar al-Kabir, north of Basra.

They had been on a routine operation to train local police and, according to some reports, had been playing football with the Iraqi police officers when a crowd of between 400 and 500 people attacked.

Of those, 16 people were initially arrested and charged, but only two will now stand trial.

In the latest development, an Iraqi judge has ruled five of the men who had been charged have no case to answer.

A 2006 inquest into the killings found that while the officers were given inadequate radios and ammunition, their deaths could not have been prevented.

But the victims’ families want a public inquiry, saying negligence by army personnel led to their deaths.


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    clobster

    over 3 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Sounds like there will be no justice for several families. This sucks.

  • Me__mr

    cgingo

    over 3 years ago

    21874 Comments

    Did we think anything would be different under their own regime? It was evident when I was there from 03-06. Of course we had hoped it would change, but it's going to fall back to the way it was, especially after we pull out.

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41228 Comments

    csp1195ret said it all. FUBAR

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    recon2819

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    unbelievable. simply unbelievable. How could any government stand for this. The english should retaliate. It is obvious the two that will stand trial is just a political move to take some of the heat of the Iraqi government. That is NOT justice. that is politics at its finest.

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    I that were americans soldiers they would have been found guilty!!!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Nothing but The-Political-Correction-Machine at work.
    BS, just BS...!!!

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    This is so messed up

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    CPDJster

    over 3 years ago

    940 Comments

    having the right tools in a work place if cruicial to everyone's ability to to their job efficiently. my prayers go out to these officers and their family members.

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    sahelms

    over 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    Well, this should serve as precedent for a change of the ROE.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    Need to bring those responsible to justice and Britian needs to provide proper radios and ammunition for the forces...

  • Pl28_max50

    kuhnkejer

    over 3 years ago

    220 Comments

    Wow, Its funny we can be getting shot at and we have to ask to return fire. (the new rules of engagement in Iraq) and if we hit a so called civilian(Why stand around when people are shooting???) we face murder charges for defending our life. But hey if your an Iraqi and wanna kill a soldier then get in a mob and kill em the NEW IRAQ government will let you go home.

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    CaptainDan166

    over 3 years ago

    1884 Comments

    Enough is enough! Lets quit filling the body bags with good people and bring them home ALIVE!

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    bfriskey

    over 3 years ago

    980 Comments

    I stand with all those before me...Just palin wrong

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    Retleo

    over 3 years ago

    5524 Comments

    So much for justice in Iraq. It seems that only our military personnel (and our allied forces) can be charged and convicted of "Offending the Sensibilities" of the Iraqis while they get carte blanche to attack and kill our soldiers at will!

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Now that's just plain wrong. Time to get the h**l out of Iraq and let those jerks fend for themselves.

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