MoD probes Iraqi deaths in custody

The Ministry of Defence is investigating two deaths in custody in Iraq and the alleged beating of prisoners of war.

Military police are investigating the deaths in custody of two men who were being held by Black Watch soldiers.

The men died on two different days in mid March, a spokeswoman for the MoD said.

At this stage, there is believed to be no evidence or suggestion that the men were mistreated.

The MoD spokeswoman said: "There is an investigation by the Special Investigation Branch.

"Any death in custody is looked into as a matter of course."

In a separate incident, two British soldiers have been ordered out of Iraq after the alleged beating of Iraqi prisoners of war.

The men, whose regiment has not been revealed, were thought to have been flown to their barracks in Germany.

It is understood the allegations involve a prisoner being punched in the face and given a black eye.

The MoD spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that an alleged incident has been reported involving the beating of Iraqi PoWs. Two soldiers have been returned to barracks pending an investigation."

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