FEARS that the SAS executed innocent Afghan civilians were kept from a court case looking into alleged war crimes.
A judge wants to know why evidence of the unit’s alleged actions was withheld.
Fears that rogue SAS soldiers killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan were kept from a court case looking into alleged war crimes[/caption]
Emails between senior officers expressed concerns about 33 deaths during 11 night raids in 2011.
In ten incidents, men were shot and killed in their homes after surrendering but then allegedly grabbing weapons, The Sunday Times reported.
The similarity of soldier accounts raised doubts.
In one email, a Special Forces commander says the “disturbing” allegations suggest “a deliberate policy among the unit to engage and kill fighting-aged males even when they did not pose a threat”.
An ex-SAS man insisted: “The guys that the regiment were going after were nasty guys who were killing British soldiers.”
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The documents came to light as part of a case brought by Saifullah Yar, who wants four family deaths investigated.
Mr Justice Swift has ordered Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to explain why the evidence was withheld.
The Ministry of Defence said: “This is not new evidence and this historical case has already been independently investigated.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has been called on to explain why the evidence was withheld[/caption]
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