UK court denies public inquiry into Iraq detainee abuse

[JURIST] A UK High Court on Tuesday denied an appeal from Iraqi citizens to open a single public inquiry into allegations of abuse by members of the British Armed Forces. The Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), the group representing a group of more than140 Iraqis, appealed to the High Court after Defence Secretary Liam Fox refused to open a single public inquiry into allegations of UK military abuse. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) argued that a public inquiry would be unnecessary since public inquiries into the Baha Mousa and the Al Sweady cases were already under way by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT). In the appeal, PIL contended that IHAT was not sufficiently independent as required by article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
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