Saturday, September 24, 2005

Not Backing Down

The split between the Iraqi Shia in Basra and the British continues to widen:

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - An Iraqi judge has issued arrest warrants for two British soldiers freed after a British raid in Basra, an Iraqi lawyer said on Saturday, and thousands rallied in the southern city in support of a new constitution.

Judge Raghib Hassan issued the warrants on Thursday, accusing the men of killing an Iraqi policeman and wounding another, carrying unlicensed weapons and holding false identification, Kassim al-Sabti, the head of the lawyers' syndicate in Basra told Reuters.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said on Saturday it had not received any arrest warrants for the soldiers in Basra, adding that in any case the warrants would have no legal basis.

"All British troops in Iraq come under the jurisdiction of Britain," a defense spokesman said in London.


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