The UK government and armed forces have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to reports today.
An investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times has spoken to 11 British detectives who said they found evidence of war crimes.
The new evidence has come from inside the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes committed by British troops during the occupation of Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which investigated alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
Solicitor Hilary Meredith, Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Visiting Professor of Law and Veterans’ Affairs at the University of Chester, represented several soldiers investigated by IHAT, and provided evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry which led to its closure.
She dismissed today’s allegations as “flawed, baseless and biased.”
Said Hilary: “I am absolutely appalled by this ongoing witch hunt against our brave servicemen and women.
“This so-called new evidence has no credibility whatsoever. It is flawed, baseless and biased.”
The IHAT probe, which hounded hundreds of innocent troops over vile war crime slurs, was closed down in 2017. Hundreds of heroes lives’ were ruined by the £57m unit set up in 2010 – to pursue allegations of wrongdoing during the Iraq War. But it did not result in one prosecution.
“Solicitor Phil Shiner, who masterminded countless false claims, was struck off the role of solicitors for good reason – he was found guilty of charges including dishonesty over false witness accounts about UK soldiers’ actions.
“What’s more, the detectives employed to investigate IHAT were part of the Red Snapper team.
“Red Snapper detectives threatened soldiers with arrest despite having no such power, and intimidated troops after falsely introducing themselves as police. Their conduct was nothing short of a disgrace and their credibility to make further vile slurs against our troops is non-existent.”