Allegations of murder and torture by British troops on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan were covered up by the Royal Military Police, it has been claimed.
The RMP failed to investigate hundreds of claims of abuse and was ”not seeking out the truth”, a former officer alleged during a BBC investigation.
The Ministry of Defence said it was investigating the allegations but insisted there was no evidence its system was not ”fit for purpose”.
Referring to his time in the RMP’s Special Investigation Branch, the source, who was not named, told BBC 5 Live’s Donal MacIntyre programme: ”I believe that I was serving in something that was party to covering up quite serious allegations of torture and murder… For too long I belonged to an organisation that wasn’t seeking out the truth.”
He said a lack of resources was partly to blame, but claimed there were also serious structural flaws in the Army justice system.
One case which came to his attention involved the alleged murder of an Iraqi by a British officer.
There was, he claimed, evidence to strongly suggest the Iraqi victim had been shot at point blank range for throwing rocks at a British Army tank.
His allegations come amid the inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, the Iraqi hotel receptionist who died in British military custody having been beaten by soldiers.
An MOD spokeswoman said: ”Any substantive allegations of abuse brought to our attention will always be investigated as fully as possible.
”We do not accept that the RMP and the military justice system are not fit for purpose, or that there is evidence of systemic failure or interference.
”The RMP do an outstanding job in very difficult and sometimes exceptionally dangerous circumstances.
”The RMP is subject to regular and exhaustive inspection by national bodies such as the Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.
”This provides the assurance that the RMP has the capability, capacity and competence to conduct investigations into serious crime.
”We must also remember that over a hundred thousand of our personnel served in Iraq and, with the exception of a few individuals, they have performed to the highest standards under extraordinarily testing conditions there.”