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Of­fi­cials ac­cused of war crimes cover-up

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The gov­ern­ment and Army have been ac­cused of cov­er­ing up the killing of chil­dren in Afghanista­n and Iraq.

Leaked doc­u­ments al­legedly con­tain ev­i­dence im­pli­cat­ing Bri­tish troops in killing chil­dren and the tor­ture of civil­ians.

A BBC/Sunday Times investigat­ion said it had ob­tained new ev­i­dence from the Iraq His­toric Al­le­ga­tions Team (Ihat) that in­ves­ti­gated al­leged war crimes by Bri­tish sol­diers in Iraq, and Op­er­a­tion North­moor, which in­ves­ti­gated al­leged war crimes in Afghanista­n.

The year-long investigat­ion claims to

“The claims have been passed to the ser­vice po­lice”

have found ev­i­dence of mur­ders by an SAS sol­dier, as well as deaths in cus­tody, beat­ings, tor­ture and sex­ual abuse of de­tainees by mem­bers of the Black Watch.

A se­nior SAS com­man­der was re­ferred to prose­cu­tors for at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice, the investigat­ion claims.

The Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) spokesman said: “Al­le­ga­tions that the MoD in­ter­fered with in­ves­ti­ga­tions or pros­e­cu­tion de­ci­sions re­lat­ing to the con­duct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanista­n are un­true.”

The MoD also said ser­vice po­lice un­der­took ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions about the con­duct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanista­n, and that the Ser­vice Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (SPA) de­cided not to pros­e­cute any of the cases re­ferred to it. The spokesman said: “Sunday Times claims have been passed to the ser­vice po­lice and the SPA.

● Panorama: War Crimes Scan­dal Ex­posed will air on BBC One to­day at 9pm.

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