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Support grows for war crime probe Scot.

Byline: STEPHEN STEWART s.stewart@dailyrecord.co.uk

ARMED forces groups and members of the public yesterday backed a Scots soldier facing a murder charge over the 2003 killing of an Iraqi civilian.

A wave of support grew for Sergeant Barry "Baz" Singleton after we revealed he could become the first Scottish serviceman tried for murder over actions during the Iraq conflict.

after we revealed he could become the first Scottish serviceman tried for murder over actions during the Iraq conflict.

Singleton, 33, from Hawick, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Army in 2005.

Hawick, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Army in 2005.

But in the last few weeks, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team told weeks, the Iraq Historic him they are investigating the case.

Singleton, then a 22-year-old lance corporal, had opened fire on the civilian's car after it failed to stop at a checkpoint near Basra.

Andy Smith, of the UK National "Defence Association (UKNDA), said: "This constant rehashing of alleged war crimes from the Iraq conflict is demoralising our armed forces and in this case the soldier in question has already been cleared.

"Why is Sgt Singleton's family being put through this trauma all over again? "The British and Scottish governments should be more robust in sticking up for our military.

"The UKNDA wishes to express its sincere thanks to Sgt Singleton and his comrades for their dedication and professionalism in the face of terrorism."

Tory MSP Alex Johnstone said: " "This is a highly decorated war hero, who followed procedures as they were set out at the time.

"He attempted first aid, and was cleared by a subsequent inquiry - that should now be the end of the matter."

Our exclusive story on the threat of prosecution also triggered scores of messages of support for Singleton on social media.

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Date:Dec 5, 2014
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