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Armed Forces: Royal Military Police Investigations

Volume 686: debated on Thursday 2 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many shooting incidents involving United Kingdom military personnel have been investigated by the Royal Military Police to date; and how many of these have been successfully prosecuted. [HL7424]

As the question does not specify timeframes or location, it has been assumed that the question refers to the main operational theatres of Op TELIC and Op HERRICK. The following information covers the period from 2003 to the present.



RMP Investigations into Shooting Incidents1



Successful Prosecutions2



RMP investigations are instigated to determine the circumstances of a shooting incident and whether there is a case to answer. In the vast majority of these cases the investigation has determined that the action fell within the rules of engagement. 149 cases were closed with no further action recommended.

[1] “Shooting incidents” is defined as shootings by UK personnel which may have resulted in the injury or death of other people and which may be contrary to the rules of engagement.

[2] The prosecution of an individual that has resulted in a conviction at court martial or through summary dealing.