Pleased to learn that the Government is retaliating against those who make vexatious allegations of ‘war crimes’ against blameless British troops. Last year a public inquiry into alleged atrocities in Iraq by British Troops concluded that all the claims of murder and torture against them were ‘wholly without foundation’ and ‘entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility’ from the Iraqi witnesses.
The five-year investigation, which cost £31 million of tax payers money, also ruled that the men who had allegedly been mistreated were not innocent farmers, but enemy fighters killed or injured in a bloody firefight. The failure to withdraw the accusations led to more than 100 additional witnesses being interviewed unnecessarily, at a cost to the tax payer of £780,000.
Those who bring cases against British troops on behalf of alleged insurgents are the lowest of the low.
Hilary Meredith and Grant Evatt