Iraqis lose torture claim probe bid

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Liam Fox refused to order an investigation into allegations of abuse of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers

A group of Iraqi civilians have lost their High Court bid for a fresh public inquiry into allegations of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by British soldiers and interrogators in Iraq.

Two judges upheld Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s refusal to order an immediate, wide-ranging investigation into whether there was systemic abuse, as opposed to ill treatment by “a few bad apples”.

More than 200 Iraqis have complained their ill treatment occurred between March 2003 and December 2008 in British-controlled detention facilities in Iraq, in the aftermath of the invasion.

Ali Zaki Mousa, from Basra, the lead claimant, alleges he endured months of beatings and other abuse in the custody of British soldiers in 2006-07.

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