Following the publication of its report ‘Killing in the Shadows’, a major investigation that charts the extra-judicial killings of Afghans in Helmand by British Special Forces, with as many as 54 murders catalogued over a 6 month period, Action on Armed Violence has been asked to submit evidence to the Royal Military Police.
The request from the Royal Military Police concerns potential evidence that AOAV may be in possession of that “pertains to allegations of War Crimes by British Armed Forces in Afghanistan”. On the 12 July, BBC Panorama in a parallel and editorially independent report broadcast a one hour film into the same allegations.
The letter is detailed below. AOAV has sent the MOD our full report and have made ourselves available to interview at request.
When the allegations first surfaced, the MOD claimed that such claims of murders by British Special Forces were ‘irresponsible’ and ‘incorrect”.
AOAV hopes that this new request for evidence, now submitted, will help the MOD change their position on this.
The BBC have reported that British armed forces minister James Heappey said that any fresh allegations about the behaviour of the SAS in Afghanistan will be investigated.
“Nobody in our organisation, no matter how special, gets a bye on the law,” Heappey told MPs.
Labour have called for a probe into claims an SAS unit repeatedly killed unarmed men and detainees.
The letter to AOAV is below.
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