Iraqis win torture claim against SAS men who hunted killers of Washington soldier

Corp. Simon Miller, from Washington

Corp. Simon Miller, from Washington

NINE Iraqi police officers who claimed they were tortured by the SAS as they hunted the killers of a Wearside Red Cap have been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Corporal Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, died alongside five other Royal Military Police officers when a 400-strong mob descended on them in Majar al-Kabir, in Iraq, ten years ago.

During a top-secret mission, codenamed Operation Jocal, members of the SAS were accused of strangling the suspects and beating them with rifles.

It is understood the secret payout of about £800,000 was arranged by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Iraqis’ solicitors.

Law firm Leigh Day refused to comment, insisting they are bound by a confidentiality agreement with the Government.

Lance Corporal Ben Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, Corporal Paul Long, 24, of South Shields, Corporal Russelll Aston, 30 from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, from Chessington, Surrey, and Lance Corporal Tom Keys, 20, from Bala, North Wales, were also killed in the attack.

Up to 40 soldiers, including a former SAS commander, are under investigation for alleged brutality.

If found guilty of actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm, they may be jailed.

In the New Year MoD police detectives will fly out to question the Iraqi officers about their treatment on June 30, 2003, when they were confronted by 20 SAS soldiers armed with automatic rifles and pistols.

A spokesman for the MoD Police said: “No arrests have been made, but detectives will be interviewing the complainants in the early part of 2014.”

Earlier this year, the Echo revealed how Cpl Miller’s dad John was taking legal action against the MoD for negligence.

Part of a joint claim with the family of Cpl Aston, it alleges that commanders failed to take reasonable measures to keep him and his fellow military police officers safe.




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