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War Crimes Tribunal

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to establish judicial tribunals to consider whether war crimes have been committed by (a) regular and (b) irregular fighters in Iraq. [107522]

We will investigate any allegation of war crimes against UK forces in the present conflict. If we find evidence to justify prosecution, we will seek to bring those responsible to justice. As regards allegations of war crimes committed by members of the Saddam regime prior to this conflict, the Government is assessing, in conjunction with coalition partners, how these can best be investigated and those responsible brought to justice.