Sandhurst waterboarding scandal as two officer cadets are probed2 min read

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Sandhurst waterboarding scandal as two officer cadets are probed for ‘pinning down another recruit and pouring water over a cloth on his face’

  • Cadets allegedly pinned down their victim before waterboarding him 
  • Process simulates drowning by pouring water on a cloth over their face 
  • Royal Military Police have been called in to investigate the alleged attack
  • Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded British forces in Afghanistan, said behaviour is shocking and ‘must never be tolerated’ 

Daily Mail Reporter

Police are investigating claims a recruit was waterboarded at world-renowned military academy Sandhurst.

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Two officer cadets are alleged to have pinned down their victim before pouring water over a cloth covering his face, the Sun reported.

The process induces the feeling of drowning.

Royal Military Police are investigating claims that two officer recruits at Sandhurst pinned down a third man and waterboarded him (file image)

Royal Military Police are investigating claims that two officer recruits at Sandhurst pinned down a third man and waterboarded him (file image)

Royal Military Police are investigating claims that two officer recruits at Sandhurst pinned down a third man and waterboarded him (file image)

The Royal Military Police were called into Sandhurst – which was once attended by Princes William and Harry – when allegations were reported to senior officers.

A source told the paper: ‘Everyone in the Army is talking about this.

‘To allegedly happen somewhere like Sandhurst makes it all the more shocking.’

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Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, said: ‘Sandhurst doesn’t breed soldiers, it breeds leaders. 

‘That is why allegations of bullying, especially bullying involving waterboarding, will be so shocking to those running Sandhurst today.

‘This behaviour must never be tolerated, and I’m certain the Army will take the firmest action if these sickening allegations prove true.’

Brigadier Bill Wright, Commander of the academy in Camberley, Surrey, said: ‘The Army and I expect the highest standards of behaviour at Sandhurst. 

‘Anyone found to have fallen short is dealt with robustly, including dismissal, if appropriate.’

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