22 Monday, 21 September 2009 London Lite Army torture rife ItalYS Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi comforts a relative of one of six Italian troops killed in afghanistan at their state funeral in Rome this morning. thousands gathered to mourn the soldiers, who were victims of a suicide bomb attack last week. Italy is the sixth biggest contributor to NatO and US- led forces in afghanistan, deploying about 3,250 troops. Inquiry into Iraq detainees fate hears abuse was systemic Mourning: Silvio Berlusconi embraces the relative of a victim during todays service Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat thisislondon.co.uk/lite Eattonight ...teppanyaki Matsuri The thing about teppanyaki is that its not really that Japanese -- at least not in the way that classics like yakitori and gyoza are. But because it mixes western influences with Japanese ones, its a great introduction to Japanese food. Try Matsuris tasty steak and seafood teppanyaki (43.50), cooked in front of you with typical flair. 15 Bury Street, SW1 (020 7839 1101) sEn nin One of the fun things about teppanyaki is watching the chefs show off. They seem most proud of their egg-throwing tricks at Sen nin; when the chuck is complete, the egg goes into fried rice, which goes neatly with your main course. The two-person menu is great value at 19.95 each -- choose meat or fish to be cooked for you. 206 Upper Street, N1 (020 7704 1890) Chris BeAnlAnd Italyswar heroesare laidtorest H THE illegal torture by British soldiers in Iraq was not carried out by just a few bad apples because the whole barrel was rotten, a public inquiry heard today. Conditioning techniques outlawed in Britain 30 years ago, were used on Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa and others, the inquiry heard. They included hooding, stress positioning, food and sleep deprivation and white noise. The techniques, known as stealth or clean torture, were used because they left no physical marks, the inquiry was told. Today there can be little doubt they constitute torture, said Rab- inder Singh QC, representing Mr Mousas family and other Iraqi detainees. Yet this was not carried out in secret or by accident -- but by design, after consideration by lawyers, civil servants, ministers and Attorney General Lord Gold- smith himself, added Mr Singh. Once detained, Mr Mousa and others were visited by senior officers, mili- tary police and even the Red Cross, but none stopped the abuse or soldiers carrying it out, it was claimed. The detainees were not terrorists or insur- gents, they were never tried on any offence and they were eventually released, Mr Singh went on. Hotel receptionist Mr Mousa, 26, died in Basra in September 2003 in British military custody. He sustained 93 separate injuries after being held by the Preston-based Queens Lanca- shire Regiment. The inquiry, in central London, continues. by maRk blunden So sad: a child says farewell to his father index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html