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Seven Paras charged over Iraqi's murder

Press Association
Thursday February 3, 2005

Seven British soldiers are to face courts martial over the murder of an Iraqi civilian, the attorney general said today.

The men, all from the 3rd battalion of the Parachute Regiment, will face charges of murder and violent disorder following the death of Nadhem Abdullah near Basra, southern Iraq, in May 2003.

In a written statement, Lord Goldsmith named three of the men to face courts martial as Corporal Scott Evans, Private William Nerney and Daniel Harding, who is now a civilian. He said the other four would be named once they had been informed of the charges against them.

No date has yet been set for the courts martial or a preliminary hearing. The decision to court martial the men was taken by the Army Prosecuting Board.

Three other British soldiers are currently facing court martial at a military court at their base in Germany. The soldiers allegedly abused Iraqi detainees at an aid camp near Basra, also in May 2003, around two weeks after Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled by US-led forces.

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