A British Territorial soldier appeared before a court martial today in connection with alleged faked photographs which appeared to show British troops abusing an Iraqi.
Private Stuart Mackenzie, 25, appeared before a Judge Advocate General and three panel members at a hearing at Catterick Garrison near Richmond, North Yorkshire, this afternoon.
Mackenzie, who appeared in court in a dark grey suit, is alleged to have been involved in making the photographs which were published in the Daily Mirror and which purportedly showed British soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment abusing Iraqi detainees.
Mackenzie, from Haslingden, Lancashire, is in the Territorial Army and went to Iraq attached to the 1st Battalion QLR.
No charges were read to Mackenzie during the hearing which was used to swear in the three panel members, all serving military personnel, and with legal argument.
The part-time soldier, who did not speak throughout the hearing, will next appear before Judge Advocate Paul Camp and the three panel members at a date yet to be fixed.