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British Court Rejects Iraqi Civilians' Claims Of Mistreatment By Soldiers

Britain’s supreme court has dismissed damage claims by hundreds of Iraqi civilians who allege they were mistreated by British forces.

Iraqi law imposes a three-year limit for such claims to be brought.

The supreme court ruled on May 12 that the same limit should apply in English courts, upholding a previous appeal court ruling.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the judgement was a "big step in the right direction" and would "save the taxpayer millions."

The claimants brought action against the British Defense Ministry, alleging they suffered unlawful detention and maltreatment in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.

The claims were made by 14 lead claimants representing the group of 600 Iraqi civilians.

Based on reporting by the BBC and The Guardian