UK troops in court martial over Iraqi murder
LONDON - The court martial of seven serving and former British soldiers for the murder of an Iraqi civilian in May 2003 is due to open on Monday at an army base in Essex, eastern England. The men, from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, also face charges of violent disorder following a roadside incident in southern Iraq which led to the death of Nadhem Abdullah.
The four serving soldiers facing trial at Colchester Garrison are Corporal Scott Evans and Private Samuel May, Private Billie Nerney and Private Morne Vosloo. They will be joined at the court martial by three former army privates, Scott Jackson, Roberto Di Gregorio and Daniel Harding. The military trial is expected to last 10 weeks.
In February three British soldiers were jailed for abusing Iraqi detainees at court martial held at a military base in Osnabrueck, Germany. British military prosecutors are taking action in two other cases of alleged abuse of civilians, with a prosecution pending in one other case.
Posted by: Steve White 2005-09-05