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The Solicitor-General (Ms Harriet Harman): My right hon. Friend the Attorney-General has made the following ministerial statements, Official Report, Lords, 3 February 2005, column WS17, and Official Report, Lords, 4 February 2005, column WS 21:
"I undertook in my statement of 14 June 2004, Official Report, columns WS2223 to inform the House by way of written statement when any further charges are laid against soldiers arising from incidents in Iraq.
The Army prosecuting authority has directed that seven individuals should stand trial by court martial for a joint offence of murder and a second joint charge contrary to section 70 of the Army Act of violent disorder contrary to section 2 of the Public Order Act 1986. The matter relates to the death of Mr. Nadhem Abdullah on 11 May 2003 in Al U'Zayra in southern Iraq, following an incident at the roadside. The seven charged with the offence were all members of the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment at the time. The three men who have been directed to stand trial and who can be named are: