Friday, February 25, 2005

Found: Iraq abuse victims the UK army failed to trace

The Independent and Daily Mail have tracked down the five men who appear in photographs taken by a British soldier in Basra, in 2003.

The five Iraqi men told the newspapers they had not been contacted about the case.

None of the victims gave evidence during the trial, which the Royal Military Police said was because officers were unable to trace the men.

However, the newspapers said they found the men living about a mile from the camp within days.

Photographs, including humiliating sexual images of naked Iraqis, were taken by Gary Bartlam, 20, who then took them to be developed at a shop in his hometown of Tamworth, Staffordshire, where an assistant called in police.

The judge in charge of the courts-martial said the men's "brutal," "cruel" and "revolting" behavior had "undoubtedly tarnished the international reputation of the British Army and to some extent the British nation too."

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