British Soldiers accused of Raping Iraqi Youth

It has been reported in the UK press that the Military police are investigating allegations that British soldiers repeatedly raped and mutilated an Iraqi civilian worker on one of their bases who was only 18 years old at the time.

The allegations are bound to cause extreme embarrassment to Britain and lead to renewed hatred against Britain amongst Muslims all over the world and in the UK.

Lawyers for the man are next week planning on issuing their own legal proceedings against the government in the British civil courts perhaps in recognition that the Military have a habit of looking after their own in such investigations. The barrister Sir Ken Macdonald QC has been recruited, who was the top prosecutor in England and Wales until last year.

Despite the seriousness of the allegations the government has still refused an independent inquiry, instead handing it over the Royal Military Police whose record on solving crimes by serving British serviceman is poor.

The Iraqi man was working for the British army as a labourer at Camp Breadbasket in Basra, the scene of other many other abuse allegations against British soldiers such as the ones in the picture – left.

He alleges in May, 2003, that two soldiers from the British army raped him and beat him to a 15-minute terrorising ordeal. They are then said to have slashed his arms and body with a knife, threatening him if he told anyone.

He was treated in hospital for the cuts and the Royal Military police are understood to have secured the medical records and there are sworn statements of his injuries and that he was seen leaving the room the two soldiers had been in.

The man called Samir in his statement does not want his real name to be known, and was only 18 at the time of the abuse.

In his sworn statement he says he was attacked after accidentally entering a room where two male soldiers were engaged in a sexual act according to the Guardian newspaper. His witness statement says: “The room was fairly small, perhaps about four metres by four metres.”

He said one soldier pulled him into the room and punched him in the face, while another blocked the exit to prevent his escape or raising the alarm: “The man who had punched me was stronger than me, he grabbed me by the neck and kicked my legs from under me and I fell to the floor. I fell on my back. He took out a knife and held it against my neck … I was terrified that they were going to kill me at this point. The other soldier started to rip my trousers down … I started screaming. He then pulled my underwear down. All this time the other man was holding me down and putting the knife against my throat. They then flipped me on to my stomach.”

Samir says both soldiers then took it in turn to rape him, then slashed him with the knife, leaving him in “unbearable” agony. He says he left the room and other soldiers helped him to get medical attention for the knife wounds but not one British soldier has come forward to report this abuse, which if true would be typical of such institutions to cover their own even when guilty of the most vile acts.

His solicitor, Daniel Carey said: “The psychiatrist’s, conclusions were that he was suffering from depression, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety as a result of the incident. We also interviewed two other Iraqis who were present with [the victim] at the base and saw him enter the room where he says he was raped and witnessed his distress and injuries following the attack.”In the witness statement, Samir says: “It fills me with such shame to talk about this, even with my solicitors. I have broken down telling them of what happened.”

Samir said he had not told his wife or family what allegedly happened to him and has since then tried to harm and kill himself.

Rape by occupying forces is a terrifying fact of life for Iraqi women but raping of men is an increasing phenomenon with Western armed forces allowing homosexuals to serve and it seems service their desires as they wish just like their hetrosexual counterparts and it was revealed that over half of the soldiers raped by their own fellows are men not women in a recent US armed forces report – there is sexual equality for you!

The British government, in letters seen by the Guardian, is trying to have the legal case struck out. It says the fact the victim waited six years to make his claim means he has not brought his case in time, so silencing him on a matter of a technicality. Carey said: “I deplore the government’s cynicism in seeking to avoiding accountability by relying on technical rules of the court about the delay in bringing the claim.”

The armed forces minister, Bill Rammell, told the UK press: “Allegations must not be taken as fact and formal investigations must be allowed to take their course without judgments being made prematurely.”

Only 1 in 20 reported rapes in the UK leads to a conviction, with as many as 1 in 4 women, 1/4 of the population suffering a rape or attempted rape in their lifetime and the vast majority of these cases not being reported to the Police.

The conviction rate for Rape by the Military Police is even lower than that in the UK civilian police forces and yet the Government has signed over all such investigations over to the Military authorities even when they occur in the UK by British servicemen who are off duty.

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