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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many courts martial have been held to try the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq; and what the charges were in each case in which no legal proceedings remain active. (128793)

Since 2003, there have been a total of 36 courts-martial held to try the conduct of British soldiers serving in Iraq.

The charges in each case are:

Courts-martial

Charges

2003

0

2004 (10)

1

Wounding with Intent

2

Theft

3

Theft

4

Disobeying a Lawful Command

5

Disobeying a Lawful Command

6

Disgraceful Conduct

7

2 charges of Aggravated Vehicle Taking

8

Wounding with Intent

9

Aggravated Vehicle Taking

10

Indecent Assault

2005 (12)

11

Section 69 Conduct

12

Section 33 Using Violence

13

Theft

14

Disgraceful Conduct

15

3 charges of Disgraceful Conduct; Battery and Section 69

16

Conduct

17

Negligence

18

Section 69 Conduct

19

Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

20

Battery

21

Drunkenness

22

7 charges of Murder

2006 (11)

23

Disgraceful Conduct

24

2 charges of Racially Aggravated Harassment

25

Handling Stolen Goods

26

4 charges of Manslaughter

27

2 charges of Corruption

28

Theft

29

Possession of a Controlled Drug

30

Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

31

Dishonesty

33

Battery

34

2 charges of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and 2 charges of Perversion of the Course of Public Justice

2007 to date (2)

35

Theft

361

3 charges of Negligently Performing a Duty; Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm; 2 charges of Inhuman Treatment; Manslaughter; and Perversion of the Course of Public Justice

1 In case 36 there is an additional one charge of Inhuman Treatment which still has legal proceedings outstanding.