- Senior ministers in Blair’s government facing crime probe on Iraq ‘torture’!
by Mark Nicol, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* Former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is named alongside ex-Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram in dossier to International Criminal Court
* It alleges 1,200 war crimes on behalf of hundreds of Iraqi victims
* Ministers are accused of failing to prevent troops mishandling prisoners
Two senior ministers in Tony Blair’s government are facing a possible criminal probe over the alleged torture and unlawful killing of hundreds of Iraqis by British soldiers.
Former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and ex-Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram have been named in an application to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate claims of abuse in Iraq from 2003 to 2008.
Lawyers representing Iraqi victims have submitted a 250-page dossier to the ICC, including at least 1,200 allegations of war crimes, based on witness statements and evidence from the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations.
The application calls for an investigation to be opened into the crimes and the apparent role of senior British officials, ‘in particular Geoff Hoon and Adam Ingram’.
Last night, Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers, said: ‘We have got over a thousand cases of torture and about 200 cases of unlawful killings, many of them took place in custody.