The Transcript for 16 May 2013 (Day 33) is now available to view here.
Ruling Re: Terms of Reference
On Tuesday 12th March 2013 the Chairman issued a Ruling re: Terms of Reference; to view this document, please click here
On Monday 4th March 2013 the Inquiry commenced its full public hearings and is currently hearing evidence from witnesses. To view the transcripts of each day’s proceedings, witness statements and evidence please click here
Requests to Potential Witnesses
While a number of potential witnesses have been successfully contacted, a number have not responded to letters and may have moved address. A significant number remain to be traced.
Any military personnel who were engaged at Danny Boy, were present at Camp Abu Naji on 14th & 15th of May 2004 and/or connected to the Detention Facilities at Shaibah between 15th May and 23rd September 2004 should contact the Inquiry without delay (Tom Foley 020 7025 4478 or email Tom.Foley@alsweadyinquiry.org). Any person who is unsure as to whether or not they may be a witness, is requested please to check with the Inquiry.
The Chairman is grateful to those who responded to his earlier request that those who may have information relevant to his terms of reference contact the Inquiry, and to those who have responded to correspondence. 19 January 2011.
In a written statement given on Wednesday 25 November 2009, the Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP announced that there would be a public inquiry in to the allegations that Iraqi nationals were detained after a firefight with British soldiers in Iraq in 2004 and unlawfully killed at a British camp, and that others had been mistreated at that camp and later at a detention facility.
The Inquiry is established under the Inquiries Act 2005 and is chaired by the Sir Thayne Forbes, a retired High Court judge. His terms of reference are:
"To investigate and report on the allegations made by the claimants in the Al- Sweady judicial review proceedings against British soldiers of (1) unlawful killing at Camp Abu Naji on 14 and 15 May 2004, and (2) the ill-treatment of five Iraqi nationals detained at Camp Abu Naji and subsequently at the divisional temporary detention facility at Shaibah Logistics Base between 14 May and 23 September 2004, taking account of the investigations which have already taken place, and to make recommendations".
In due course the Chairman will set out how he intends to conduct the Inquiry and will make requests for specific assistance. Until he has made such requests and determined any applications received for funding in respect of that assistance, no fees or other expenses incurred by any person will be paid for by the Inquiry.
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