British Army hero accused of drowning an Iraqi teenager in 2003 is cleared


Red Leader
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Aug 8, 2001
British Army hero accused of drowning an Iraqi teenager in 2003 is cleared of wrongdoing following '17-year witch-hunt'
  • Maj Robert Campbell, 47, was accused of drowning an Iraqi teenager in Basra
  • Incident in 2003 sparked a 17-year inquiry into the former British Army hero
  • Baroness Hallett has now cleared Maj Campbell of any wrongdoing in report
  • Judge ruled allegations were based on lies, collusion and 'possible conspiracy'
  • Maj Campbell said he is 'relieved' but 'angry' at the MoD for 'abandoning' him

A decorated Army Major vexatiously accused of drowning an Iraqi teenager at the time of the Anglo-US invasion has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a 17-year witch-hunt.

Major Robert Campbell, 47, was investigated on bogus claims that he forced suspected looter Saeed Radhi Shabram Wawi Al-Bazooni, 19, into a river at gunpoint in Basra in May 2003.

Eyewitnesses had claimed that Maj Campbell and colleagues from the 32 Royal Engineer Regiment caused Saeed Shabram's death after he slipped below the water and failed to resurface.

The incident sparked an inquiry into the British Army hero, who even returned his medals to the Queen in 2018 in disgust at the way he had been treated by the Ministry of Defence.

But a judge has now ruled that the allegations against Maj Campbell were based on lies, collusion on the part of Iraqi civilians and a 'possible conspiracy' to pervert the course of justice.

It is the latest of more than 4,000 cases brought by disgraced solicitor Phil Shiner and his Public Interest Lawyers against British soldiers to have collapsed because of a lack of evidence.

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the bouncer
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Aug 11, 2001
Good...****ing investigation shouldn't have gone on this long, there shouldn't have been an investigation to start with.

Geoff P

The MOGerator
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Dec 2, 2001
Apparently numerous investigation were carried out and everyone found there was no case to answer.

No support from the MOD who, I believe, instigated the latest investigation. Disgraceful, makes me ashamed to be a veteran.

Barbel seeker

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Apr 21, 2018
how can anyone especially a hero be treated like this , does he now have the right to turn the tables on this arsxhole shiner and maybe take out an injunction and sue the baxtard for defamation of character or something.