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Drowned Iraqi's family compensated

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Image caption The dead man's cousin, Menem Akaili, was also awarded compensation

The family of a teenager who drowned in Iraq has received compensation in a Ministry of Defence settlement.

Lawyers for relatives of Saeed Shabram, 18, said they had been awarded £100,000 at the High Court, following an incident near Basra in May 2003.

His family alleged he died after being led down a jetty at gunpoint by British soldiers and forced into a river with his cousin, Menem Akaili.

The MoD said its sympathies remained with the man's family.

Mr Akaili, who solicitors Leigh Day & Co said had also received compensation, said: "The incident has left a big impact on our lives."

Keren Adams, from the law firm, said: "Obviously no amount of money can ever hope to make up for the loss of a child or brother, but I hope this compensation will go some way towards helping Saeed Shabram's family to rebuild their lives."

An MoD spokesman said: "When compensation claims are received by the Ministry of Defence they are considered on the basis of whether or not there is a legal liability to pay compensation.

"In this case we came to an agreed settlement and our sympathies remain with Mr Shabram's family."

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