The tone of The Guardian‘s report suggests that Ihat – the Iraq historic allegations team – was wasting public Legal Aid money pursuing nonsense claims.
But Cameron seems to have been very keen to close down any investigations that could end up justifiably accusing the UK government of wrong-doing.
And military investigations have built up a reputation for unreliability – look at the controversy surrounding the deaths at Deepcut Barracks, here in the UK.
It is an indictment against modern politics that we cannot trust a UK prime minister to do the right thing when faced with a potentially embarrassing situation.
David Cameron wanted to shut down controversial investigations of murder, abuse and torture by British soldiers in Iraq but was overruled by the attorney general, an MP has claimed.
Johnny Mercer MP, a Conservative member of the Commons defence committee and a former army officer, said the former prime minister told him he wanted to shut down the Iraq historic allegations team (Ihat) but the move was vetoed by Jeremy Wright.
His comments were made after the Sunday Telegraph reported that three servicemen previously cleared over an Iraqi teenager’s death may be prosecuted.
The group, one of whom is a decorated major, have been warned they could be tried for the manslaughter of a 19-year-old who drowned after the 2003 invasion, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
A military investigation into the death in 2006 cleared the soldiers, two of whom are still serving.
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