Four Iraqi citizens have won High Court damages against the Ministry of Defence arising out of their ill-treatment and unlawful detention during the Iraq War.
Damages were awarded to each of them on Thursday by a judge in London.
Mr Justice Leggatt ruled that they were entitled to compensation under the Human Rights Act, with one of the men being awarded more than £30,000.
Lawyers said after the ruling that the result of the four test cases could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims in what is known as the Iraqi Civilian Litigation.
Claims were brought by Iraqi civilians alleging they were unlawfully imprisoned and ill-treated by British armed forces during the war.