The Associated Press November 5, 2010, 6:28AM ET

Lawyers sue for UK inquiry into Iraq abuse claims

A group of Iraqis are suing for a broad U.K. inquiry into the torture and abuse they say they have suffered at the hands of British soldiers and interrogators.

Lawyers acting for more than 140 Iraqi civilians are challenging the British government's refusal to hold a public investigation into the treatment of detainees in British-occupied areas of Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The British government has already held one inquiry into specific allegations of abuse and a second one is due to begin holding hearings next year.

But Public Interest Lawyers say the two inquiries only cover a fraction of the cases. They are arguing Friday that there are so many claims that at the current pace it would take more than 100 years to hear them all.

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