'No place' for Iraq detainee abuse: British PM spokesman

25th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

There can be "no place" for the mistreatment of detainees, British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said Monday, following a massive leak of Iraq war documents to the WikiLeaks website.

WikiLeaks Friday released 400,000 secret US military documents on the war, offering a grim snapshot of issues such as the abuse of civilians by Iraqi security forces to which the US military appears to have turned a blind eye.

"Clearly our position is, and this is our long-standing position, is that there is no place for mistreatment of detainees and we do as a matter of course investigate any allegation that is made against our troops," Cameron's official spokesman told reporters.

"Clearly this kind of leak can put the lives of UK service personnel or those of our allies at risk and that's why we condemn this kind of leak."

In March, the Ministry of Defence set up a team to investigate allegations of abuse by British military personnel in Iraq, while insisting that most had behaved beyond reproach. Its investigations are yet to start.

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Sunday described allegations against US-led forces in the WikiLeaks documents as "extraordinarily serious" and "quite shocking".

© 2010 AFP

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