UK probes execution claims

2010-01-11 09:38

kalahari.com

London - British military investigators will examine allegations about the death of a 62-year-old Iraqi woman who was caught up in crossfire during a raid on her home, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.

One of Sabiha Khudur Talib's sons claims British soldiers were involved in "torturing" and "executing" the grandmother in 2006.

Police in the Iraqi city of Basra reportedly concluded that the woman's body was dumped on a roadside in a British body bag and documents detailing their findings are to be passed to British ministers, The Independent newspaper said.

The newspaper reported that police had established there was a bullet hole in her abdomen and her face bore injuries consistent with torture.

The MoD confirmed the woman was shot by British troops when she was caught in crossfire, but deny she was murdered or tortured.

Her family say the house was raided in the early hours of November 15, 2006 and they saw Talib being led away live by soldiers afterwards.

Another of her sons, Karim Gatii Karim Al-Maliki, reportedly fired a rifle into a ceiling to scare off what he believed were criminal intruders and he was killed when the soldiers fired into the house.

Lawyers for the family demanded a full inquiry.

Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers, told The Independent: "The possibility that British forces in 2006 could have tortured and executed an innocent elderly woman should shock the nation.

"Such an allegation must be immediately independently investigated as a possible murder."

The case is one of 47 claims of abuse and torture lodged by Iraqis represented by Shiner which are being investigated by the British government.

A spokesperson for the MoD said: "A post-incident report from 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (1PWRR) describes an incident on 15 November 2006 in which soldiers from the unit were conducting an arrest operation when an Iraqi national, Karim Gatii Karim, opened fire on them.

"One British soldier was wounded and Karim Gatii Karim was shot dead. Mr Karim's mother, Sabiha Khudur Talib was regrettably wounded in the crossfire and, despite attempts to save her, she sadly died of her wounds.

"She was not tortured by British Forces and her body was not dumped by the roadside, it was returned to Iraqi authorities.

"The Royal Military Police will be investigating allegations made by Mr Karim's brother and attempting to ascertain exactly where Sabiha Khudur Talib was treated and by whom she was pronounced dead."

The spokesperson added: "120 000 British troops served in Iraq and the vast, vast majority conducted themselves to the highest standards of behaviour, displaying integrity and selfless commitment."

- SAPA

Read more on:    irag  |  uk  |  war
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Kuils River - 17:34 PM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit
  • Sunday Parow - 08:10 AM
    Road name: Mike Pienaar Boulevard
    WEEKENDS - ROAD CLOSED between Voortrekker Road and Tienie Meyer Drive due to roadworks (until end July)
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Shift Team Leader

Bellville
Human Communications (Pty) Ltd
R10 000 Per Month

Stock Controller

Cape Winelands
Your Move Personnel
R3 900 Per Month

SAP TD Specialist (Temp) Cape Town

Cape Town
Full Circle Consulting & Trading (Pty) Ltd

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 has a beautiful one-piece, unibody design where...

From R2899.85

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come up to alert you of your security needs. It may be that you need to create a better structure for your finances...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.