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Videos implicate Aegis

Issue No. 1996

Rod Stoner, a former British army officer and Aegis employee, who worked for the company between 2004 and 2005, posted videos on the internet implicating Aegis in shooting civilians in Iraq.

According to a statement from Stoner, “We don’t know whether it was an innocent civilian or whether that was an insurgent—we don’t know, because we never stop.”

The series of “trophy” videos appear to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians.

All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on “Route Irish”, a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

In one of the videos, a car is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes into a taxi. In another, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle.

Bullets can be seen hitting the car before it comes to a slow stop.

Despite denying that the videos had anything to do with Aegis employees, the security company got a high court injunction last Friday against Stoner.

This closed down the website and prohibited him from speaking to the press.


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Sat 15 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1996
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