Red Cape murders: Judge drops charges Iraq

>> Sunday, October 10, 2010



The red caps were killed when a crowd of about 400 people attacked a police station in Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq in June 2003.

Hate Hamza and Ismael Mussa al Fartusi was due to trial on the Central Criminal Court of Baghdad to assist, but the case was dropped at a hearing today.

According to the Associated Press reported that the Chief Judge Hamdi Baleagh Hikmat accrue charges saying there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

The judge adjourned the hearing last month, the time travel control permit, but no witnesses were present in court.

The panel of three judges interviewed nine people - mostly Iraqi police - but none said they had the massacre of the officers of the Royal Military Police near Basra.

One interviewee said he saw a defendant, the weapon of a dead soldier, too.

The court said it cost flights will be down, but the murder charge was dropped.

The Red Caps were trained and local officials when the Iraqi police station was attacked on June 24, 2003.

A survey in March 2006 heard that some of whose bodies were found riddled with bullets, while others know that they are trained up, tied or beaten with rifles.

Coroner Nicholas Gardiner has a verdict of unlawful killing story, said six soldiers were better equipped but their deaths could not have been avoided.

The victims were Sgt Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, from Chessington, Surrey, Corporal Russell Aston, 30, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Corporal Paul Long, 24, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, Corporal Tom Keys, 20, from Bala North Wales, Corporal Simon Miller, 21, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, and Corporal Benjamin Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

The father of Cpl Simon Miller said he was "devastated" by the news and criticized the decision to access to family court denied.

He also attacked the British government over their handling of the case and his alleged failure to keep parents informed.

John Miller, 59, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, said: "My son is lowered so much in life, now he is so much lower in death."

"I'm devastated, I can not believe it."

He added: "I can not understand how that could happen is exactly why we wanted to be tested, we had to be there ..

"We were denied that, we deny everything."

He added that he felt betrayed by the government in this case, adding that he heard

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