Warrants issued in Red Caps probe

A welcome development!

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a number of Iraqis wanted over the murder of six Red Caps, it has been revealed.

The men, from the Goojerat Barracks in Essex, were killed by a mob at a police station in Majar al-Kabir in 2003.

The case is now being dealt with by Iraqi authorities with help from the British army.

The news was announced to families and friend of the men in a meeting with Defence Secretary John Reid.

Cpl Simon Miller
21, from Tyne and Wear
Sgt Simon Hamilton-Jewell
41, of Chessington, Surrey
Cpl Russell Aston
30, of Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Cpl Paul Long
24, from Colchester
L/Cpl Benjamin McGowan Hyde
23, of Northallerton, North Yorkshire
L/Cpl Tom Keys
20, of Bala, North Wales
Eleven family members and friends were at the London meeting for an update on the ongoing investigation.

Mike Aston, of Swindlicote, Derbyshire, whose son Russell was among those who died, said the meeting had been a "very productive" update.

"Dr Reid listened to us very carefully and had a great deal of sympathy," he said.

"Even though it is incredibly slow, we are reassured that it is ongoing.

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