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UK army ‘cleared’ of torture regime

An inquiry into the death of a hotel receptionist in British custody in Iraq will clear the Army of systematic torture. But individual soldiers will be accused of “closing ranks” and dereliction of duty, and the Army’s command chain criticised, the Sunday Telegraph says. The judge-led probe into claims troops beat Baha Mousa to death in 2003 is due to publish its findings on 8 September. A post-mortem examination found he had suffered asphyxiation and at least 93 injuries to his body. Six members of the QLR, which now forms part of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, were cleared of abusing civilian detainees, but a seventh admitted inhumane treatment. Cpl Donald Payne was jailed for a year and dismissed from the Army.

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