Britain offering compensation for damages from Basra prison raid Jamie Sterling at 10:20 AM ET
[JURIST] British authorities in Iraq have said that the UK will pay compensation for damages and injuries caused when British troops stormed a Basra jail to free two detained British soldiers [JURIST report] last month. The soldiers, apparently undercover members of the SAS, had been accused of killing an Iraqi policeman, wounding another, and carrying false identification. The British military said it stormed the building after coming under attack by a crowd and because it feared for the lives of its agents. An Iraqi judge subsequently issued warrants [JURIST report] for the arrest of the soldiers who stormed the prison, but Britain failed to recognize the warrants, insisting that all British troops in Iraq are under British legal jurisdiction. CBC News has more.
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