UK attorney general to call for review of military prosecutions: newspaper Joe Shaulis at 9:16 AM ET
[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith [official profile] will call for prosecutors to study whether the British court-martial system is adequate for prosecuting soldiers accused of misconduct in Iraq [JURIST news archive], the Times of London reported Wednesday. The development follows Tuesday's acquittal of three infantrymen [JURIST report] accused of manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old Iraqi boy who prosecutors said was ordered to swim across a canal, where he drowned. The jury deliberated for only five hours before rendering a verdict, and the court-martial cost £2.5 million (about $4.6 million US). A court-martial acquitted a fourth Guardsman [JURIST report] of related charges last month, and in October seven British paratroopers were found not guilty [JURIST report] of murdering an Iraqi civilian. Goldsmith reportedly wants the prosecutors to identify the acquittals' potential implications for three misconduct cases that are still pending. One, scheduled for trial in September, involves seven members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and the Intelligence Corps accused of beating an Iraqi hotel clerk to death [BBC report].
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