TDN World Desk: A BBC/Sunday Times investigation said it had obtained evidence against British soldiers of committing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The accusations have been made after new evidence obtained from the Iraq historic allegations team (IHAT), which investigated war crimes carried out by British soldiers in Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which examined war crimes in Afghanistan.
Detectives from IHAT found evidence of abuse at the British army base in Basra, Camp Stephen, after British soldiers and army staff gave statements detailing that two men were tortured and found dead with bags tied over their heads.
Despite this, British military prosecutors ruled that no soldier would be prosecuted over the incident.
In 2017 IHAT and Operation Northmoor were shut down by the government after a solicitor working on the investigations was fired following accusations he paid people in Iraq to find clients.
Former IHAT and Operation Northmoor investigators have said that Phil Shiner’s actions were used as an excuse to shut down investigations – no case IHAT or Operation Northmoor pursued led to a prosecution.
On Sunday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC “all of the allegations, that had evidence, have been looked at”.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it had taken the accusations seriously and would consider an investigation into the British military. If an investigation is carried forward, it would be the first of its kind against UK nationals to prosecute in war crimes.