Coroner Asserts British Journalist Was Killed In 2003 By U.S. Troops
U.S. forces unlawfully killed British television journalist Terry Lloyd in the opening days of the Iraq war, asserts British coroner Andrew Walker.
"Terry Lloyd died following a gunshot wound to the head. The evidence this bullet was fired by the Americans is overwhelming," Walker said.
The Pentagon has rejected the verdict.
But complicating matters for the U.S. is that the Pentagon refused to allow any of its soldiers or officers to give evidence to the inquest and provided footage of the shooting that had a crucial 15 minutes edited from it.
Lloyd was killed, together with his Lebanese interpreter, Hussein Osman, and French cameraman, Fred Nerac, near the Shatt al Basra Bridge outside Iraq's second city of Basra in March 2003.
Lloyd was shot in the back after getting caught up in US and Iraqi crossfire, and then shot in the head by American forces as he was taken away in a minibus for medical treatmen, said Walker, following a six-day inquest.
Walker said the civilian vehicle "presented no threat to the American forces."
"I am sure it was the intention of those who opened fire to kill or cause serious injury to those inside the minibus," Walker said.
Walker, the assistant deputy coroner for Oxfordshire, giving his verdict, said he would write to the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions "to see whether any steps can be taken to bring the perpetrators responsible for this to justice."