Iraqi detainees tortured by British troops will receive compensation after the Ministry of Defence admitted it failed to protect their human rights.
Des Browne acknowledged there had been "substantive breaches" of articles two and three – the right to life and prohibition of torture – of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The admission, coming in a written ministerial statement, follows the high court fight for compensation by the family of Basra hotel receptionist Baha Mousa.
Mr Mousa died in custody of British soldiers in 2003 after sustaining 93 injuries.
As well has effectively admitting culpability over the death of the 26-year-old, the MoD accepts UK soldiers tortured eight other Iraqi detainees.