Iraq witch-hunt hits a new low: British soldier threatened with arrest if he fails to answer questions on doorstep (without a lawyer)
British soldier threatened with arrest for not answering Iraq War questions
Detectives from taxpayer-funded probe turned up on the soldier’s doorstep
Arrest threat believed to be ‘trick’ being used by team of 145 investigators
Working for Iraq Historical Allegations Team to persuade soldiers to talk
By LARISA BROWN, DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
20 January 2016
Detectives from a taxpayer-funded probe that is investigating British troops for alleged crimes during the Iraq War threatened to arrest a soldier if he refused to co-operate, it was claimed last night.
The soldier was quizzed on his doorstep by two ex-police officers over an incident he was involved in a decade ago – but when he refused to answer their questions he was told he could be arrested.
That threat is believed to be just one of the ‘tricks’ being used by a team of 145 investigators working for the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT) to persuade soldiers to talk. They are tasked with filtering the claims and also quizzing former and serving soldiers.
Typically, two detectives turn up on the doorsteps of veterans and hand them a letter asking them to give evidence about their involvement and the role of other soldiers.
But the investigators – many of whom are ex-police officers paid up to £33 an hour – are then ‘exploiting’ the opportunity to quiz the soldiers on the spot, without offering them any legal advice, it was claimed.
In cases where the troops were not at home, even their wives and girlfriends have been ‘harassed’ about the incidents, it can be revealed.
Serving soldiers have also disclosed how they were hounded at their barracks by detectives who were let on to the base by commanding officers.
The investigators, who can earn up to £1,300 a week, also allegedly introduced themselves by their former police rank, even though they are civilians, to try to get immediate answers from soldiers.
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