Response to the report of the Al Sweady Inquiry

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, responding to the report of the Al Sweady Inquiry, said:

“The conclusions of this inquiry make clear that serious allegations of unlawful killing, torture and mutilations levelled against British troops were wholly without foundation.

“Where it does find that some individual soldiers may have fallen short of the high standards expected of the UK Armed Forces, that is of course regrettable and unacceptable.

“Labour supports the implementation of the report’s recommendations so that we can learn lessons for the future, and ensure proper procedures are in place to prevent both occurrences of ill-treatment and effective investigation of any allegations.

“None of what the report found justifies what the inquiry said was untruthful evidence and deliberate lies from the accusers. Those who made the false allegations have not and will not besmirch the good name of our brave servicemen and women.”