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Trials of Bartlam; and Kenyon, Cooley and Larkin, 1 RRF

These are newspaper articles following the first trials of British soldiers for abuse of Iraqi prisoners
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Officers careers boosted    Corporal Daniel Kenyon and Lance Corporal Mark Cooley were convicted over abuse of Iraqi prisoners after two trials " but not one officer was charged over Camp Bread Basket. And exactly WHO ordered what remains a mystery despite a £1million case. No officer has been brought to book over the illegal order to make the captured looters work. ..............................[Sun, 24 Feb]    back to the top



Hell of Iraq abuse witness    A young mum told last night how she had to quit her job to escape hate mail after exposing soldiers who abused Iraqi prisoners. ..............................[Sun, 24 Feb]    back to the top



Verdict considered in Iraq trial     Seven senior military officers have retired overnight to consider a verdict in the court martial of three British soldiers accused of abusing Iraqis. L/Cpl Darren Larkin admits one assault, but Cpl Daniel Kenyon and L/Cpl Mark Cooley deny the alleged abuse at Camp Bread Basket, Basra, during May 2003. The judge concluded his summing up on Tuesday telling the panel there was no time pressure to deliver a verdict. ..............................[BBC News, 22 Feb]    back to the top



Judge says 'put aside sympathy'    The judge at a court martial in Germany has told the panel to put aside sympathy for the alleged victims of the abuse or for the defendants. The court martial of three British soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners is nearing an end. The judge also said they should ignore statements by "eminent public figures". L/Cpl Darren Larkin admits one assault but Cpl Daniel Kenyon and L/Cpl Mark Cooley deny the alleged abuse at Camp Bread Basket, Basra, during May 2003. ..............................[BBC News, 21 Feb]    back to the top



Soldier's 'abuse' picture shame    A British soldier who suspended an Iraqi prisoner from a forklift truck was embarrassed by his behaviour, a court martial in Germany heard. L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, who was later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, said he was moving the man out of the sun's glare. He denies two charges of abusing Iraqi civilians in May 2003. L/Cpl Cooley, from Newcastle, also has a previous conviction for assault, the ongoing hearing in Osnabrueck was told. ..............................[BBC News, 16 Feb]    back to the top



Court told major saw 'beastings'    The major in charge of the British Army camp where Iraqi prisoners were abused and sexually humiliated watched as his men "beasted" the captured Iraqi looters, a court martial heard yesterday. Major Dan Taylor, who denied seeing any soldiers mistreating Iraqis, was present when the "battered" Iraqi looters were "screamed at to put the fear of God in them," the court heard. ..............................[Telegraph, 15 Feb] - need to register    back to the top



Accused UK soldier 'outstanding'    A British soldier facing charges of abusing Iraqi prisoners was "outstanding" and "extremely reliable", his court martial has heard. Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, was praised by former platoon commander, Major Adrian Grinonneau, who expressed surprise at the allegations. Cpl Kenyon is accused of abusing civilians at Camp Bread Basket in the south of the country in May 2003. He denies five charges and is standing trial along with two others. ..............................[BBC News, 14 Feb]    back to the top



You can't blame me for abuse of looters, says tearful soldier    A war hero accused of abusing captured Iraqi looters fought back tears at his court martial in Germany. Corporal Daniel Kenyon rejected allegations that he was directly involved in aiding and abetting men under his command to humiliate detainees and that he failed to report the abuse. Accused by Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Clapham of losing confidence in the field, Corporal Kenyon said: œI am telling you I am a soldier stood here now with my uniform on, and there™s no way I would have got involved in this. You don™t know who I am if you can turn round and say I was involved. I took it on my chin not to report higher up because the people higher up were ˜beasting™ people around. ..............................[Times, 12 Feb]    back to the top



Soldier 'not trained to deal with civilians'    A British soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners admitted yesterday that he received no training in how to deal with civilians - but explained some of the incidents as "a deterrent" to Iraqis. Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, a Gulf War veteran, told a court martial in Germany that the measures in place at the "Camp Bread Basket" supply depot in Basra were unprofessional and said captured looters were beaten with sticks and placed in a barbed wire cage. ..............................[Independent, 10 Feb]
See also: [Mirror, 10 Feb]    back to the top



'Iraq abuse' soldier takes stand    One of three soldiers accused of abusing Iraqis has said he was given no training on detaining civilians. Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, described the situation at the Basra aid camp as unprofessional and said captured looters were beaten with sticks. The Gulf War veteran, who denies five charges, was highly-regarded and had been recommended for promotion, the court martial in Germany heard. ..............................[BBC News, 9 Feb]    back to the top



Soldier: Iraq punch photo was 'nothing'    The most senior of the three British soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi looters at an aid camp today became the first to take the stand and denied all the photographs depicting the alleged abuse were shocking. Corporal Daniel Kenyon, 33, who faces five abuse charges at the military court sitting in Osnabrück, Germany, described one photograph showing one of the other two accused soldiers feigning a punch against an Iraqi detainee as "absolutely nothing". ..............................[Guardian, 9 Feb]    back to the top



Judge Clears British Soldier of Charge    A judge in the court-martial of three British soldiers accused of abusing detained Iraqis ordered jurors Wednesday to acquit one of the suspects on a charge of pretending to kick a prisoner. Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley still faces two charges of abuse and Judge Michael Hunter refused to allow reporters to publish more details of the decision. Hunter told the jury that "although we would wish to tell you ... for legal reasons we can't give a reason at this stage and must ask you to give a verdict of not guilty." Cooley, 25, is one of three members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers being court-martialed on this British base in Germany on charges they abused Iraqi civilians suspected of looting a humanitarian aid warehouse outside Basra in May 2003. ..............................[Herald Tribune, 9 Feb]    back to the top



Soldier cleared of abuse charge    A British soldier who admitted assaulting an Iraqi prisoner was cleared today of forcing two detainees to undress, moments before they were photographed simulating anal and oral sex. Lance Corporal Darren Larkin was cleared at a court martial in Osnabruck, Germany, which arose after photographs of alleged abuse - including a prisoner being lifted by a fork-lift truck - came to light. Police were called after another member of Larkin's regiment, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, took a film to photo developers. Larkin, 30, admitted one charge of assaulting an unknown male, after being pictured in his boxer shorts standing on a prisoner, but denied forcing two Iraqi males to undress in front of others. The case concerned incidents at a humanitarian aid camp, known as the bread basket, near the southern Iraqi city of Basra since dubbed "Britain's Abu Ghraib". Soldiers, in what would be a breach of the Geneva convention, were allegedly told to "work hard" prisoners who had been arrested for looting. ..............................[Guardian, 3 Feb]    back to the top



Soldier tells of UK 'war crimes'    A soldier who believes he saw UK troops abusing Iraqi prisoners has told a court martial he felt at the time that their actions constituted "war crimes". Cpl Jonathan Petrice was at the trial of three soldiers accused of abusing Iraqis at a Basra aid camp in 2003. He said he saw one of the three, L/Cpl Darren Larkin, threaten Iraqis with a metal pole and force them to undress. But under cross-examination at the court in Germany, he admitted he could no longer be sure who he had seen. ..............................[BBC News, 1 Feb]    back to the top



'I saw forklift abuse' - soldier    A British soldier has told a court martial how an Iraqi detainee was tied to a forklift truck and repeatedly driven into a wall by other soldiers. Pte David Coxon was at the trial of three soldiers accused of abusing Iraqis in Basra in 2003. He told the court in Germany how around 20 soldiers laughed and jeered as an Iraqi eventually fell from the fork. .................................[BBC News, 31 Jan]    back to the top



War hero 'halted abuse at Iraq camp'    A war hero was "disgusted" with himself for not reporting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, a court martial heard yesterday. Sgt Thomas Simon broke up the alleged abuse after finding two naked male prisoners surrounded by laughing soldiers. He said he felt revulsion and shock at the scene and told the captured men to put their clothes back on. .................................[Independent, 29 Jan]    back to the top



Iraq soldier 'had a liking for violence'    A British soldier who led four Iraqis to the "hide" where they were allegedly abused and sexually humiliated had been told to undergo psychiatric treatment because "he had a liking for violence", a court martial heard yesterday. Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, also broke the arm of an Iraqi captured in an operation to deter looters at the Camp Bread Basket storage base near Basra, the court was told. Bartlam sparked the inquiry into allegations of abuse by British soldiers when he took a film into a photographic developer in Tamworth, Staffs. .................................[Telegraph, 27 Jan] - need to register
See also: [Soldier: Britons Made Fun of Detainees]    back to the top



Iraq troops 'warned on treatment'    The senior commanding officer of three soldiers accused of abusing Iraqis has told their court martial he warned his troops to treat civilians humanely. The soldiers are accused of abusing and assaulting Iraqi looters at an aid camp in Basra, southern Iraq, in May 2003. Col David Paterson said he told all his troops that Iraqis should be treated "within the rules of war". .................................[BBC News, 25 Jan]    back to the top



Army major 'destroyed Iraqi abuse records'    A British army major destroyed records relating to the illegal punishment of Iraqi prisoners two weeks before three of his men were due to go on trial for the alleged abuse of their captives, a court heard today. The three British soldiers facing court martial - Corporal Daniel Kenyon, 33, Lance Corporal Mark Cooley, 25, and Lance Corporal Darren Larkin, 30 - are accused of abusing and assaulting prisoners at Camp Bread Basket, near Basra. .................................[Guardian, 25 Jan]
See also: [Soldiers 'in dock to save major']    back to the top



Iraq camp 'beasting' order denied    A British Army major has told the court martial of three soldiers on abuse charges that he did not order his men "to beast" Iraqi looters. Prisoners were allegedly made to run up to three miles with a milk crate on their heads at the Basra aid camp. But Maj Dan Taylor told the court in Osnabruck he gave no such order and also denied allowing "trophy photos". .................................[BBC News, 24 Jan]    back to the top



Brit major is rapped    The British Army major who gave the order that led to three soldiers being photographed allegedly abusing Iraqi looters was yesterday rapped at their court martial. Major Dan Taylor was said to have devised Operation Ali Baba to capture men plundering his Bread Basket Camp near Basra and make them clear up their mess. But a lawyer claimed it only succeeded in putting the accused in the dock. The court, in Osnabruck, Germany, heard the major was guilty of issuing an illegal command to punish civilians. .................................[Sun, 22 Jan]
See also:  ['Abuse' major cleared by army]    back to the top



Judge makes court martial appeal    The judge in the court martial of three UK troops accused of abusing civilians in Iraq has appealed for no more public statements to be made on the case. Judge Advocate Michael Hunter's appeal comes a day after Tony Blair said the photos were "shocking and appalling". The judge said Mr Blair had had to respond to Commons questions about the case, but called for "great care" in the future to ensure a fair trial. The soldiers are accused of abusing Iraqi civilians in Basra two years ago. .................................[BBC News, 20 Jan]
See also:  [Guardian, 20 Jan]
See also:  [No disciplinary action against army officers, 20 Jan]
See also:  [Colonel forced to act after reports of abuse, 20 Jan]    back to the top



Accused soldier 'followed orders'    A lawyer for one of the British soldiers facing charges of abusing Iraqi detainees today blamed superiors who had called for a crackdown on looters at a British camp. Three Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldiers are on trial at a court martial this week charged with abusing and sexually humiliating looters they had detained at an aid camp in Basra, southern Iraq, in May 2003. Twenty two photographs of soldiers abusing naked and bound detainees, including images of them being forced to feign sexual acts, prompted outrage after being released by the court last night. .................................[Guardian, 19 Jan]
See also:  [BBC News, 19 Jan]    back to the top



Soldiers face Iraq abuse hearing    Three British soldiers face a court martial on Tuesday over claims they abused Iraqi civilian prisoners. Cpl Daniel Kenyon and L/Cpls Darren Larkin and Martin Cooley, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, are charged with assault and indecent assault. The charges relate to alleged incidents in Basra in May 2003, at a food storage warehouse where civilians were held. Evidence relating to the abuse claims will be heard at a British Army base in Osnabruck, Germany. .................................[BBC News, 17 Jan]    back to the top



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