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Iraq war crime charges require investigation of British Army activities in North

20 July, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on demilitarisation, Newry Armagh MLA Davy Hyland has
said that confirmation that three British Army soldiers charged with war
crimes for activities in Iraq were members of the Royal Lancashire Regiment
that served in South Armagh in 2001 require an investigation into the
behaviour of the British Army in the Six Counties.

Mr Hyland said:

"Confirmation that the 3 British Army soldiers that stand accused of war
crimes in Iraq were members of the Royal Lancashire Regiment that served in
South Armagh in 2001 opens up a can of worms that requires wider
investigation.

"There is ample evidence of widespread collusion between the British Army
and Loyalist paramilitaries, the involvement of the British Army in the
torture of nationalists and the actions of British Army soldiers in the
murder of citizens throughout South Armagh.

"If the British government is prepared to charge its soldiers with war
crimes because of their actions in Iraq then they must also be prepared to
investigate the behaviour of the British Army here. To date the British Army
has never been held to account for any of the crimes it has committed here.
From Bloody Sunday to the murders of Aidan McAnespie, Ferghal Carragher and
countless others the British government has refused to take action. On the
few occasions where British soldiers have been brought before the courts or
convicted they have subsequently had convictions overturned or even been
admitted back into the British Army and promoted." ENDS



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