An Iraqi taxi driver who claims he was beaten unconscious by a squad of British soldiers lied about the events surrounding the attack, it was alleged at a court-martial yesterday.
Athar Finjan Saddam alleges that he was hit with rifle butts, helmets, fists and feet during the assault in which his friend Nadhem Abdullah, aged 18, died from head injuries.
Seven British soldiers have been charged with murder and violent disorder after it is alleged they carried out a "gratuitous" and "unprovoked" attack on a group of Iraqi civilians in Al-Ferkah near Al-Uzayr, in May 2003.
Corporal Scott Evans, (32), who is from the West Midlands, and Privates Billy Nerney, (24), Samuel May, (25), Morne Vosloo, (26), Daniel Harding, (25), Roberto Di-Gregorio, (24), and Scott Jackson, (26), all deny murder and violent disorder.
The soldiers accused of the attack are all members of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment.
Harding, Di-Gregorio and Jackson are no longer with the Army but are technically classed as servicemen for the purposes of the hearing.
The court martial in Colchester, Essex, heard that Mr Saddam had requested compensation for his injuries, damage to his car and his pride following the attack.
William Clegg, QC, representing Pte May, said: "You wanted compensation for the hospital fees, doctors' fees and medicines you had from the hospital?"
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Saddam replied: "Yes."
Mr Clegg continued: "Also you wanted compensation for the serious injuries you took as a result of that savage beating?"
Mr Saddam said: "Yes, I requested to be compensated for the cost of the hospital and my car as well."
Mr Clegg added: "Also you wanted compensation for your loss of pride?" Mr Saddam replied: "Yes, true."
During his cross-examination, Mr Clegg claimed that Mr Saddam had lied about the direction he had been travelling in shortly before it is claimed that two military vehicles stopped his pick-up truck and assaulted its passengers.
Mr Clegg alleged that Mr Saddam had been travelling in the opposite direction as he had claimed and had turned back from a military checkpoint.
Mr Clegg said: "You have been telling lies about this haven't you?"
Mr Saddam replied: "I was there when the incident happened. I have sworn on the Koran. Why would I lie, how could I lie?"
Mr Clegg added: "You have seen a military checkpoint to the south of Al-Uzayr on the Basra side... " Mr Saddam answered: "I did not see it. Sometimes you don't see checkpoints all the time."
Mr Clegg continued: "You have turned round and gone back to Al-Uzayr... you were travelling from Al-Uzayr towards Al-Ferkah chased by military vehicles weren't you?"
Mr Saddam denied lying about his movements and said: "I was not coming from Al-Uzayr. I was coming from Nahr Al Ez and moving towards Al-Uzayr."
Mr Clegg asked Mr Saddam if he had been involved in smuggling that day. Mr Saddam replied: "I have never done any smuggling."
He also denied having an AK47 rifle in the back of his vehicle. He said: "No there was nothing in my car. I didn't even have a knife on me."
The court martial heard that Mr Saddam is receiving 100 dollars for every day he is in England for the trial.
The hearing continues.