An inquiry into allegations that British soldiers tortured and killed people in Iraq began this week.
The Al-Sweady inquiry looks at events following the “Battle of Danny Boy” in May 2004.
The battle occurred when rebel Mehdi army fighters ambushed British soldiers near a checkpoint called Danny Boy, near Al–Majar.
A number of local residents said that relatives tending nearby fields were caught up in the fighting.
British soldiers detained a number of men. The next day, they handed over 22 bodies to relatives.
Evidence of torture includes close-range bullet wounds, the removal of eyes and stab wounds.
The death certificates describe how the Iraqis died: “Several gunshot wounds to body—severance of sexual organs.”
“Gunshot to head.” “Gunshot in face, pulling out of the eye, breaking the jaw, gunshot to the chest.”