- Three soldiers, including a decorated major, could be hauled before a judge
- The men, two still serving, were told just last week they would not face charges
- It relates to the death of Said Shabram, 19, who drowned in Basra, Iraq, in 2003
British troops cleared of wrong-doing over the drowning of an Iraqi teenager in 2003 could face a fourth investigation into the incident, it emerged last night.
Three soldiers, including a decorated major, could be hauled before a judge and forced to give evidence in public to an inquest-style hearing.
The men, two of whom are still serving, were told last week they would not face charges over the drowning of 19-year-old Said Shabram in Basra, Iraq.
They have been investigated at least three times over the death. Taxpayer-funded investigators from the now disbanded Iraq Historical Allegations Team (Ihat) examined the case for three years.
British troops cleared of wrong-doing over the drowning of an Iraqi teenager in 2003 could face a fourth investigation into the incident, it emerged last night (file image)
But the file on the death has been now passed to lawyers at the Ministry of Defence, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Iraq Fatality Investigations (IFI) unit could now take on the case, which would mean the men could be dragged before a judge and questioned again.
Tory MP and ex-Army captain Johnny Mercer, who led an inquiry into Ihat following disclosures by the Mail, said it was ‘insanity’.
The IFI is an inquest-style, non criminal inquiry to establish the facts of a case, which could result in a payout to a victim’s family, and make recommendations.