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UK team probing Iraq abuse claims 'is a shambles'

The team investigating allegations UK troops abused Iraqi civilians has been called "a shambles".

Lawyers for the alleged victims say only one has been interviewed so far, despite the Iraq Historic Allegations (IHAT) team starting work in November.

Complainants are now refusing to co-operate - they say the investigators will not follow guidelines for interviewing vulnerable witnesses.

Phil Shiner from Public Interest Lawyers, who is representing all of them, said: "It's been a complete and utter shambles, it must have cost the taxpayer millions."

Angus Crawford reports.

  • 14 Jun 2011
  • From the section UK
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