Bullets recovered from civilians’ bodies also matched the 5.56mm calibre used by the SAS, rather than the larger bullets used by Afghan special forces. (Bamiyan, November 19, 2003), Students recite prayers in a makeshift outdoor classroom in the Wakhan Corridor, a mountainous region in northeastern Afghanistan that extends to China and separates Tajikistan from India and Pakistan. Iraq war analysis: British troops relive a harrowing rescue mission in Basra - Duration: ... US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes - Duration: 6:07. for 14 years for plotting to assassinate him. However, the official obfuscation has continued, and multiple British diplomatic files about KMS have been destroyed or are being withheld from journalists. to British Tamil community groups to say that my book detailed “war crimes allegedly committed by members of the firm Keenie Meenie Services against civilians in Sri Lanka” which were “very serious allegations”. What is certain, from newsreel footage, is that unarmed Yemenis were physically assaulted by the Argylls. (Kandahar, December 12, 2010), An Afghan National Army battalion marches back to barracks at the Kabul Military Training Center. The Telegraph appears to specialise in writing hagiography about KMS veterans – having previously published a eulogy about the company’s late chairman. Similarly, the British SAS has been dogged by dozens of accusations involving the deaths of 50 unarmed civilians in Afghanistan from 2009-11. Some respite came for Baty in February when, back in England, Peter Jordan was jailed for 14 years for plotting to assassinate him. At least 10 current members of the elite SAS implicated in the damning Afghanistan war crimes inquiry have received "show cause" notices from the Defence Department. The seven-year-old girl suffers from leishmaniasis, a parasitical infection. After Aden, Baty rejoined the SAS in 1971 and returned to neighbouring Oman, where he spent four years suppressing left-wing revolutionaries who were challenging Sultan Taimour’s repressive successor, Qaboos. However, there has never been a UK government investigation into Baty’s command level responsibility for war crimes in Sri Lanka — or even his position as an accessory. , is available from Pluto Press. Operation Loyton was the codename given to a Special Air Service (SAS) mission in the Vosges department of France during the Second World War.. Detectives had been looking into 52 alleged killings, but are now investigating just one incident which involved four family members being shot dead during a night raid in Helmand province in 2011. His film will be released in 2020 by Yardstick Films. Captain Smith was deployed to Palaly, a Sri Lankan air base in the Tamil stronghold of Jaffna that was besieged by militants. Thatcher’s government had refused to intervene directly, fearing it might sour UK trade deals with India, which initially supported the Tamils. In January 2019, I wrote to the UK Foreign Office’s secretive archive team at Hanslope Park in Milton Keynes to warn them that their continued censorship of files about KMS meant the department “could be acting as an accessory to war criminals, by helping to shield the culpability of men like Brian Baty”. Drone footage gathered by Operation Northmoor reportedly shows soldiers in British uniform opening fire, contradicting claims that the British army’s Afghan partners, who acted as backup and interpreters, were responsible for shooting civilians. The British Foreign Office commented in a telegram: “It is becoming more certain that the Special Task Force were responsible for the massacre.” Although KMS assistance appeared to be leading to an increase in civilian casualties, the company decided to further deepen its role and begin training Sri Lankan army infantry officers. British government officials were aware of this, but said that they were not concerned that KMS “may be involved backstage in the operations room in Colombo”. By then, KMS had 38 highly-experienced men in Sri Lanka, including 17 training the STF. ONE after another, the SAS warriors had been stripped of their clothes and identity discs then executed by a Nazi gunman with a single bullet to the back of their … Alleged SAS War Crimes Report. It is believed that his students went on to serve in the covert 14th Intelligence Company, a plain-clothed military unit that watched the IRA. Some of the victims were handcuffed and hooded before being shot dead, Royal Military Police (RMP) sources told the Sunday Times. A 2016 report detailing the extent of torture and extrajudicial killings by the Australian SAS forces in Afghanistan have been described as “fuelled by blood lust”, and compared on a scale to the infamous torture and murder practices at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. 6:07. The ADF has a culture problem that, in its worst manifestation, leads to abuse and war crimes. The next flash point came in 1967 in Aden (now part of Yemen), a British protectorate where an insurgent National Liberation Front (NLF) was demanding independence. We were poised to interview Lieutenant Colonel Brian Baty, a reclusive former mercenary who we had tracked down to the village of Kings Pyon, a stone’s throw from the Special Air Service (SAS) base at Credenhill, Herefordshire. against further disclosure of a file from the start of 1985, when Baty began working for KMS. The following year, Baty was promoted to become an officer in the British army and would play an increasingly important role in suppressing anti-imperial struggles. My two colleagues started filming as I approached his front door and began to knock. By then, Baty had risen to the rank of, With power came responsibility: When one of his men killed IRA prisoner. Journal of Intelligence History 6, no. Although Denham claimed to have “considered the complainant’s allegations to link the KMS employees and the massacres of the Tamil population by the Sri Lankan forces”, she ruled that there was “a stronger public interest to protect the ability of the UK to communicate with or about other countries in confidence”. Elite warrior in Oman and Northern Ireland. He trained undercover soldiers at Pontrilas, a secretive base near to the main SAS barracks in Hereford. The offensive was so intensive that neighbouring India feared its Tamil allies would be wiped out. By the end of Smith’s first six-month tour, he estimated he had been “personally involved in the death of 152 Tigers”, as well as countless civilians. Sultan Taimur, a British client ruler, was facing internal rebellion against his authoritarian rule in Oman. KMS pilots continued to fly Sri Lankan helicopters in support of the IPKF until 27 November 1987, during a four-month period in which around 1,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the IPKF, according to a study by the US army. On 27 January, the Sri Lankan army, STF and helicopter units moved in on the Kokkadicholai prawn farm in the eastern province. By then, Baty had risen to the rank of Major and was the squadron’s commander. The regiment is based at Campbell Barracks, in Swanbourne, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and is a direct command unit of the Special Operations Command. police after they illegally crossed the border while heavily armed. The March 16, 2020 episode of ABC’s Four Corners reported on possible war crimes by Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) members against Afghan civilians and … Brisbane deacon and veteran reveals dismay over shocking SAS war crimes. The dead included 18-year-old student, Some respite came for Baty in February when, back in England, Peter Jordan was. There is nothing “rogue” about this conduct by the SAS. He began working for one of Britain’s most powerful private armies, Keenie Meenie Services (KMS), which is thought to be named after Arabic or Swahili slang for undercover activities. Britain’s then High Commissioner, David Gladstone, told me that the STF and other units “just went on killing and killing, until at a conservative estimate there were 60 odd thousand young Sinhalese men who were killed by the security forces”, by the end of the 1980s. Keenie Meenie [Trailer] from Yardstick Films on Vimeo. By this point in the conflict, the STF had received three years of training from KMS, and its operations had become far more lethal since its first massacre in September 1984 of around 18 civilians at Point Pedro. Britain’s Sunday Times on the 2nd July 2017 published an article regarding a “rogue” SAS outfit that had murdered civilians in Afghanistan. This led a British diplomat in Sri Lanka to comment that KMS “have been drawn yet further into direct control of and participation in operations”. He was deployed as a signaller and interpreter to Malaya, a British colony (now called Malaysia) where Maoist insurgents were fighting for independence. The Brereton report, which details alleged special forces crimes in Afghanistan, has implications for British personnel too, says barrister and former military officer Frank Ledwidge The STF later told investigators they had acted in self-defence. Exceptionalism manifested in different ways. At the height of the war in Afghanistan in 2011, two senior officers from Special Forces met in a bar in Dorset to have a secret conversation. The full truth about the extent of Baty’s dirty war in Sri Lanka is still to come out. British detectives have now told Panorama that Special Forces tried to cover-up what happened to avoid being prosecuted for war crimes. (“Green Mountain”) in which they routed the rebel stronghold near to Oman’s capital. November 26, 2020. (Chaman, Pakistan, December 4, 2001), Mahbooba stands against a bullet-ridden wall, waiting to be seen at a medical clinic. Special forces soldiers allegedly murdered civilians and planted guns on their bodies to become an officer in the British army and would play an increasingly important role in suppressing anti-imperial struggles. On 2 October 1985, a KMS pilot flew scores of Sri Lankan troops into the village of Piramanthanaru. FEARS that the SAS executed innocent Afghan civilians were kept from a court case looking into alleged war crimes. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Many families who, fleeing the Taliban, took refuge inside caves adjacent to Bamiyan’s destroyed ancient Buddha statues now have nowhere else to live. Miller’s book, Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes, is available from Pluto Press. On 19 February 1986, between 40 and 60 Tamil civilians were shot dead in paddy fields near Lahugala in the eastern province. A week before he died, they reluctantly released some more paperwork about KMS, but with heavy redactions – an entire page blacked out for instance. However, Horsfall handed in his resignation to Baty in a matter of weeks, after hearing from Sri Lankan officers he had trained that their units were burning prisoners alive using rubber tyres as “necklaces”. Baty had to give evidence at a high profile court hearing in Dublin, where he denied his men were involved in clandestine cross-border operations and claimed the British army’s best soldiers had made a “map reading error”. in charge of its prestigious training wing and tasked him with reorganising its entire selection process from 1977 to 1979. Like all such documents, the Brereton report on alleged war crimes by SAS forces in Afghanistan changes nothing and changes everything. With the ceasefire in tatters, KMS was in a strong position to help the Sinhalese side win the next stage of the war. "2 SAS Regiment, War Crimes Investigations, and British Intelligence: Intelligence Officials and the Natzweiler Trial." November 2020 IGADF report expected to … The SAS then put. For his part, Baty was nicknamed “The Baron”, although it is not known why. Foley praised Baty’s tenure in charge of Pontrilas, claiming: “Without his brilliant guidance, determined leadership and flair as a trainer, the effectiveness of surveillance operations would have been greatly reduced.” Foley recommended Baty for an MBE honour, a move which was supported by the Queen’s aide-de-camp, General Frank Kitson. However, there has never been a UK government investigation into Baty’s command level responsibility for war crimes in Sri Lanka — or even his position as an accessory. On 13 November 1985, a land mine exploded on Lake Road in Batticaloa, seriously injuring five STF men. Brian Richard Mark Baty was born in south London in 1933. An unnamed source told the Times: “It says [in the after-action reports] only the Afghan partners fired... he’s dressed in British military equipment, and the guy was shot and killed with a 5.56.”. These included Tim Smith, a former British army helicopter pilot. Farkhunda was violently beaten and set on fire after a local cleric accused her of burning a Qur’an. As Baty withdrew from the window muttering abuse at me, I asked: “Do you deny that KMS was involved in war crimes in Sri Lanka, under your watch?” There was no response. November 24, 2020 — 1.29pm. War crimes: Chief of the Australian Defence Force General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry on November 19 in Canberra. British Army officers speaking to the Times claimed some SAS soldiers adopted a “shoot-to-kill” policy during the missions, which were often said to rely on flawed intelligence. The arrival of Indian forces in Sri Lanka had caused a Sinhalese uprising against Jayewardene in his southern heartlands by a group known as the JVP. Exceptionalism manifested in different ways. The initial inquiry, which was investigating unlawful killings between 2010-2013, and offences including false imprisonment and assault, was expected to run until 2021. In September 1986, the CIA compiled a, noting: “Although the STF shows greater discipline and professionalism than other security units, it is among the worst perpetrators of violence against Tamil civilians.”, KMS pilots continued to fly Sri Lankan helicopters in support of the IPKF until 27 November 1987, during a four-month period in which around 1,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the IPKF, according to a, Although Baty had used the cover name Ken Whyte throughout his time in Sri Lanka, his role there was partially disclosed as far back as 1993 in a book by. As the pilot watched, soldiers rounded up and executed 16 male civilians, aged between 17 and 33. Baty’s arrival, with his considerable experience of training SAS recruits, allowed KMS to expand its footprint in Sri Lanka and begin training a new army commando unit, in addition to the police STF. Lets call them what they have themselves become ..a Mickey mouse unit, it went on for 10+ years you could excuse it if it was only a few guys but 10+ years is institutionalised ROT., in Ian Flemmings parlance once being happenstance ,twice being coincidence, three times being "an act of war" . On 2 October 1985, a KMS pilot flew scores of Sri Lankan troops into the village of Piramanthanaru. SAS War Crimes Team - insignia It's a Mystery -Unknown Insignia for Identification ... by Forum Members Canadian Pre 1914 CEF CEF Badge Inscriptions Canadian post 1920 Canadian post 1953 British Cavalry Badges Makers' Marks Pipers' Badges … KMS recruited a veteran of the SAS’ Iranian Embassy siege, Robin Horsfall to help with this task. This level of responsibility is significant because around April 1985, the KMS-trained STF became implicated in atrocities along Sri Lanka’s west coast at Mannar, where a local citizens committee accused the unit of looting and rape. Australian SAS troopers committed 'war crimes' in Afghanistan Published 19 Nov 2020 Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, a report has found. Whether Baty read my book or that article is unclear, but he died soon after on 27 February 2020. by the “genocidal intent of the Sri Lankan State” and accusing the Sri Lankan armed forces of “running amok” and killing Tamil children during the negotiations. Heroin is readily available, costing about one dollar a hit. Baty served in Aden as the intelligence officer for the Argyll’s 1st Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Colin Mitchell, who was known as “Mad Mitch” for his notorious brutal stance toward the local population. Either these talents had evaporated by the time Baty arrived in Sri Lanka, or he was content for the forces he trained to continue killing increasing numbers of civilians. ON Saturday, November 25, 1944, 14 SS guards from a PoW camp in Germany loaded six British SAS men and a number of other prisoners on to a truck that was driven into a … The IPKF pledged to disarm the Tamil factions, but the most autonomous group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), refused to accept either Indian or Sri Lankan authority and turned their guns on the Indian forces. A spokesperson for the MoD said the RMP had decided to discontinue more than 90 per cent of the 675 cases it started, adding: “The Royal Military Police has found no evidence of criminal behaviour by the armed forces in Afghanistan.”. A “rogue” Special Air Service (SAS) unit is suspected of executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and fabricating reports to cover up potential war crimes, according to reports. The Human Rights Watch reported that the UK government sought the overseas operations bill to stop the prosecution of British soldiers for torture and other war crimes committed overseas. The Royal Air Force was propping up the Sultan by strafing date gardens to “inconvenience” farmers, as well as bombing wells in rebellious villages, a tactic later described as “denial of water supply to selected villages by air action”. In 1964, as a sergeant, Baty won the Military Medal for his “aggressive action” while fighting Indonesian forces in Sarawak, Malaysia. The pair held “regular discreet meetings” to keep the UK Foreign Office “completely up-to-date on what KMS is doing”. These meetings were minuted afterwards by Holworthy, whom I have interviewed, and many of the documents he wrote are available to view at the UK National Archives. On 17 August 1985, the Tamil delegation walked away from the peace-talks, disturbed by the “genocidal intent of the Sri Lankan State” and accusing the Sri Lankan armed forces of “running amok” and killing Tamil children during the negotiations. (Kandahar, October 13, 2009). The incidents included throwing acid from a helicopter, shooting dead a one-year-old child cradled in its mother’s arms, and firing on first responders as they tried to put a corpse into a van. Baty spent the last five years of his British army career trusted with a particularly sensitive assignment. Baty appeared unaffected by the prawn farm massacre and allowed his men to train the army for a major offensive in Tamil stronghold Jaffna — “Operation Liberation” — planned for later in the spring of 1987. The pilots were paid and controlled by KMS Ltd “through a front company in the West Indies”, probably in the Cayman Islands. A military police source told the Times that the MoD wanted to “avoid any of the detail of the accusations getting into the press and thereby undermining, in their view, national security, public trust, [and] work with allies”. Many individual SAS officers and soldiers will suffer the same fate. (Kabul, March 1, 2002), A mother and her two children look out from their cave dwelling. The move would give the Sinhalese-side air superiority over the Tamils who had no air force of their own. Save. A judge wants to know why evidence of the unit’s alleged actions was withheld. If I lose my appeal, we will have to wait until 2046 for the file to be declassified. Removing advertising from your browsing experience is one of them - we don't just block ads, we redesign our pages to look smarter and load faster. A judge wants to know why evidence of the unit’s alleged actions was withheld. Declassified files show that Baty was scheduled to remain in Sri Lanka until April 1988 while he put in place an advanced command course at the STF training camp, which would eventually allow local Sinhalese personnel to take over the instructor roles from KMS. British, Rhodesian ,New Zealand and Australian. However, the Ministry of Defence recently told RMP officers to finish most of their work by this summer. (Kabul, March 22, 2015), {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, SAS 'suspected' of covering up potential war crimes against Afghans, SAS 'Blue Thunder' helicopter unit lands in London Bridge after attack, SAS in Iraq given 'kill list' of 200 British jihadis to take out, US soldiers wounded and Afghan killed in camp shooting, Trump gives Pentagon total authority over troop levels in Afghanistan, Soldiers 'must be compensated for false war crime claims'. Local Sri Lankan security chiefs told my team that they believed this “nom de guerre” would hide Baty’s whereabouts from the IRA. ” while fighting Indonesian forces in Sarawak, Malaysia. Baty’s decades of counter-insurgency experience in Ireland, Oman, Yemen and Malaysia made him the prime candidate to lead a KMS team on another of the company’s major contracts. On Christmas Eve 1984 —  just two months after he retired — the Special Branch of the British police arrested Peter Jordan, an Irish Republican sympathiser who had been plotting to blow up Baty. The embarrassing incident did not harm Baty’s career and he was mentioned in the military’s dispatches for his “distinguished service in Northern Ireland”. Like all such documents, the Brereton report on alleged war crimes by SAS forces in Afghanistan changes nothing and changes everything. The British government’s apparent attempt to cover-up for a private company is curious. We have known ever more of … World War II The British Services Special Air Service A - K. Charlesworth, Lorie. Log in, register or subscribe to save articles for later. Brian Baty speaks to the author from his upstairs window in Kings Pyon, Herefordshire on 29 May 2018. By 1958, the “Malayan Emergency” had been sufficiently subdued for Baty’s squadron to be redeployed to the next colonial flashpoint: Oman. KMS was run by well connected ex-SAS commanders who were paid handsomely to run the Sultan of Oman’s special forces, as well as helping US marine colonel Oliver North to overthrow a democratically elected left-wing government in Nicaragua. Attiullah was shot by US forces when he was caught in a crossfire as he was herding sheep. British SAS soldier-turned-mercenary dies aged 86 without facing justice for war crimes Their post-mortem reports show six of the deceased Tamils were shot from the back. August 16, 2020 Topic: military Region: Europe. Their first task had been to set up and train a Sri Lankan police commando unit, the Special Task Force (STF) at a military academy south of Colombo in Katukurunda, that was modelled on the SAS base in Herefordshire. The shocking claims emerged in Operation Northmoor, a classified multimillion pound investigation carried out by the Royal Military Police, who uncovered more than 600 separate incidents of alleged war crimes committed by the British SAS in Afghanistan in recent years. US Army Sargeant Jay Kenney (right), with Task Force Destiny, helps wounded Afghan National Army soldiers exit a Blackhawk helicopter after they have been rescued in an air mission. In April 1976, with the Omani revolutionaries mostly defeated and resistance to British rule in Northern Ireland escalating, Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson sent the SAS D Squadron to the IRA stronghold of South Armagh. Foley praised Baty’s tenure in charge of Pontrilas, claiming: “Without his brilliant guidance, determined leadership and flair as a trainer, the effectiveness of surveillance operations would have been greatly reduced.” Foley recommended Baty for an MBE honour, a move which was supported by the Queen’s aide-de-camp, General Frank. Although Horsfall’s exit was a blow for KMS, Baty soon found new recruits. On a warm day in late spring 2018, a sleepy village in the English countryside was about to be disturbed by my team of investigative journalists. The embarrassing incident did not harm Baty’s career and he was mentioned in the military’s dispatches for his “, service in Northern Ireland”. It caught the attention of the. The ministry shared the doctored image of alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan on Monday. In these documents, they had also started to redact Baty’s alias from the paperwork, which previously they had been willing to publish. The head of the UK Foreign Office’s South Asia Department noted: “We believe only KMS pilots are currently capable of flying armed helicopter assault operations in Sri Lanka.”. If I lose my appeal, we will have to wait until 2046 for the file to be declassified. Special forces soldiers allegedly murdered Afghans during raids on their homes and then planted guns at the scene to make it appear as though they had been Taliban insurgents. Many of these details about Baty’s time in Sri Lanka were recorded by the defence attaché at the British High Commission, Lt Col Richard Holworthy. The British government had no interest in prosecuting its soldiers’ war crimes in Iraq and sent untrained investigators to make sure accused troops went free, a group of veterans told South Africa’s Daily Maverick. “Yes and you can bugger off!”, he shouted down at me, before I had a chance to introduce myself. Claims that UK authorities covered-up hundreds of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq have been circulating for some years. NLF prisoners were reportedly tortured, but significant parts of the British archive from this episode have been destroyed. However, Baty was scathing of the ceasefire, complaining that it had “produced inertia throughout the army” and said the military was “putting too much faith” in the peace talks. It’s not just special forces — the entire military has to change. , is that unarmed Yemenis were physically assaulted by the Argylls. The experience meant that in 1979, aged 46. was put in charge of training men and women for undercover surveillance operations in Northern Ireland, which Foley described as a “most demanding post” that “would have caused younger men to flinch”. The Metropolitan Police has opened an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by British mercenaries against Tamils in Sri Lanka, decades after UK military veterans trained and assisted government troops on the island. In his memoirs, Horsfall later compared the situation facing the Tamils to the Holocaust and has told me he regards it as a genocide. Phil Miller is a staff reporter for Declassified UK, an investigative journalism organisation that covers Britain’s real role in the world. With power came responsibility: When one of his men killed IRA prisoner Peter Cleary, Baty had to observe a subsequent police interview in which his unit was briefly investigated. , who referred to the allegations against Baty by name in a review of my book in late-January. They ignored my concerns. There is yet no reckoning for Australia’s SAS war crimes in Afghanistan, although details of horrendous atrocities are coming to light. In his memoirs, Horsfall later compared the situation facing the Tamils to the Holocaust and has told me he regards it as a genocide. Many Afghan men, like others around the world, feel that a macho image of physical strength is important. Despite years of official obstruction, in January 2020, I published my book, Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes, which laid bare the extent of Baty’s misdeeds in Sri Lanka. Records show KMS pilots were operating in that area that month, although it is not known if they were flying in Kokkadicholai that day. Baty’s contribution to war crimes in Sri Lanka would reach its gruesome climax in January 1987. Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Britain SAS British Army War Crimes Prosecution New UK Bill Could Allow War Crimes to Go Unpunished Select which newsletters you'd like to receive, In order to deprive the insurgents of food and support from the civilian population, British forces in Malaya. The Special Air Service Regiment, officially abbreviated SASR though commonly known as the SAS, is a special forces unit of the Australian Army.Formed in 1957, it was modelled on the British SAS sharing the motto, "Who Dares Wins". The British government launched Operation Northmoor in 2014 to investigate the killings of 52 civilians by their SAS members. Amid this turbulence, and perhaps because of it, Baty left the country. By mid-1985, President Junius Richard Jayewardene had grown disappointed at the British mercenaries and commented privately that he “had hoped that the KMS training would have been more successful than it has been”. While Smith worked with the Sri Lankan airforce and army, there were also mounting concerns about the conduct of the KMS-trained STF. His death was only announced publicly in April in a Telegraph obituary that made no mention of the controversy surrounding Baty’s time in Sri Lanka. He and millions of other Afghans occupy land and housing without possessing formal deeds to them. By March 1985, Baty appears to have been “acting effectively as the Director of Military Operations of the Sri Lankan High Command,” according to a declassified UK government telegram. Owing to his senior position at the head of the KMS team, Baty was installed in an office next to Sri Lanka’s National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali and had “direct access” to this leading politician. Baty’s pilots embarked on operations to take territory from the Tamils in the north of the country. British mercenaries who helped the Sri Lankan military in the 1980s during the country’s civil war are being investigated for war crimes by the Metropolitan police.Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) was His film will be released in 2020 by Yardstick Films. I am appealing several freedom of information requests, although on 31 March, the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham CBE decided against further disclosure of a file from the start of 1985, when Baty began working for KMS.