War crimes allegations against British troops are baseless and 'nuts' says Colonel Bob Stewart

British soldiers legal abuse: 'It's our fault as politicians that we haven't sorted this out', says Colonel Bob Stewart

Allegations have been made against British soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan (Getty)

Friday, September 23, 2016

There is "little in" the war crimes allegations against British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Colonel Bob Stewart.

Two separate inquiries are examining war crime allegations against troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Former soldiers have claimed they've been hounded through the courts on unfounded claims, and some have called for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, which investigates claims of abuse and murder by British soldiers in Iraq, to be shut down. 

Col Stewart, who is also the Conservative MP for Beckenham, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the claims are vastly over-blown and serve only to enrich the legal firms pursuing them. 

"What really upsets me is British legal firms preparing to take on vexatious claims, when they know damn well there's little in it," Col Stewart said.

"They actually take them on and get money from the taxpayer and then cause huge anguish for soldiers sailors and airmen, who frankly are sometimes far more frightened of the due process of law than fighting on the front line."

Col Stewart has previously courted controversy for describing Islamic State militants as "b*stards" on live television and calling journalist Isabel Hardman "totty."

He was on typically controversial form with talkRADIO, saying: "We're daft, we are nuts, I just can't believe it sometimes, it blows my mind frankly. 

"I think the ministry of defence is nuts to [investigate the claims], but if they don't do it, some sort of do-gooder, someone will say 'you're not doing it properly, you're not being fair to this person who's killed many of our men but now says he can't leave the country because his pussycat needs to be fed.'

"The military have a pretty stiff system for investigating themselves," he explained. "These guys are not your friends, they don't come in as your friends, they come in as somewhat aggressively neutral and actually their reports are pretty stiff.

"It's our fault as politicians that we haven't sorted this out," he added. "I just think we're daft, and we should stop it, and stop it now."

Listen to the full interview to find out more