Drowned Iraqi's family compensated
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."