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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
A film showing the naked corpse of a British serviceman killed in Iraq was put up for sale on eBay, it emerged yesterday.
The grisly footage showed Flt Lieut Paul Pardoel, who died with nine others when their RAF Hercules was shot down near Baghdad in January 2005.
Coalition forces took 60 hours to secure the crash site, a coroner's court was told yesterday.
A lawyer for Flt Lieut Pardoel's widow, Kellie Merritt, said insurgents were left to pick over the site â about 32km from a US air base â and take film footage to use as propaganda.
Ms Merritt later learned that footage of her 35-year-old husband's body, stripped naked by insurgents, was being offered for sale on the auction website.
Her lawyer, Bernard Collaery, told a hearing into the crash: 'My client was in a position of finding film of her husband's body being sold on eBay.
'There must be someone who can explain to my client why the crash site was not secured.'
It is understood police traced the seller of the offending footage to an address in Scotland.
The hearing in Devizes, Wiltshire, was to discuss an inquest into the crash, which is due to be held in September.
Afterwards, Ms Merritt refused to comment on the video but said: 'I'm happy with today's discussions. I'm confident there will be an open inquiry.'
The MoD said: 'Coalition forces were at the scene of the crash within 30 minutes.'