Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BRITISH TROOPS IN 'TORTURE PICTURES'; Three Soldiers Accused of Forcing Iraqi Civilians to Simulate Sex Acts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BRITISH TROOPS IN 'TORTURE PICTURES'; Three Soldiers Accused of Forcing Iraqi Civilians to Simulate Sex Acts

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

PICTURES of British soldiers abusing Iraqi civilians were shown to a court martial this afternoon.

A series of 22 photographs included Iraqi men being forced to strip and simulate sex acts.

There is also a picture of an Iraqi man bound and trussed and hanging from the forks of a forklift truck. In another picture an Iraqi prisoner can be seen with a stick pressed into the back of his head.

Three British soldiers are accused of the abuse in the southern city of Basra.

One of them, Lance Corporal Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, has pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting an unknown male by "beating him".

In one of the photographs he can be seen standing on the man with both feet.

Two others, Corporal Daniel Kenyon, 33, and Lance Corporal Mark Cooley, 25, deny all the charges.

The men, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, were all serving as guards at a military food depot south of Basra in May 2003 when the alleged abuse took place.

They are accused of ill-treating looters who broke into the camp and attempted to steal food and powdered milk. Details of the charges emerged for the first time today at the court martial in the British military courts centre in Osnabr'ck, Germany.

The three men are stationed at Celle in northern Germany. They could each face several years in jail and dismissal in disgrace from the Army if found guilty.

Prosecuting officer Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Clapham told the seven officers hearing the case that the soldiers were part of a unit guarding Camp Breadbasket that was being looted on a nightly basis by Iraqis.

The court martial heard that men were given an order by Major Dan Taylor to capture the looters and "work them hard".

But Lt-Col Clapham said his order contravened both Army rules and the Geneva Convention. …

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