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Posted: 4/21/2007 4:22:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 7:19:21 PM EDT by Izzman]

Torture? It's all a laugh now for Mr Bean ...
By GEOFFREY LAKEMAN and DANIEL BOFFEY - More by this author »

Last updated at 21:23pm on 21st April 2007


Iran hostage Arthur Batchelor's admission that he cried himself to sleep after his captors likened him to Mr Bean and stole his iPod was scorned as a national embarrassment.

Yet just days after a barrage of criticism for selling his story, the 20-year-old reveals just how little he has learned from the whole debacle.

This picture shows the Operator Mechanic staging a tasteless re-enactment of his 13 days in captivity as he celebrates his home-coming in a Plymouth nightclub. He laughs as he pretends to be held at gunpoint, his ordeal - and his fellow servicemen's vitriolic response to his behaviour - seemingly a long way from his mind.

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MOCKERY: Iran hostage Arthur Batchelor on his release and, below, with a friend at a nightclub

With a 'blindfold' round Batchelor's eyes, a friend points pistol-shaped fingers to the 5ft 2in serviceman's head. In another picture Batchelor, with alcohol stains on his yellow shirt, has his head held back by a toy rifle placed across his neck.

In a further shot, Batchelor wears a woman's camisole as he poses with three female clubbers.

Batchelor, along with 14 other Navy personnel, was seized by Iranian forces as he boarded a ship in waters between Iran and Iraq. He was blindfolded when taken to Iran and during his initial interrogation, in which he was taunted as looking like Mr Bean.

Batchelor's blindfold 'joke' will be regarded as particularly insensitive because it evokes memories of videos of Westerners being held captive in Iraq.

The pictures of Batchelor's drunken performance just over a week ago were posted by friends on Jester nightclub's website.

Batchelor has apologised for hawking his story for an alleged five-figure sum and Defence Secretary Des Browne has also admitted a mistake in allowing Batchelor and Leading Seaman Faye Turney, 26, to sell their stories. Batchelor received particular criticism from military personnel for his upset over the Iranians taking his iPod, a gift from his barmaid girlfriend and containing their special song.

He is believed to be returning to HMS Cornwall a week on Monday.

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ETA: Photoshop guys, this man needs his John Deere hat

Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:26:38 PM EDT
What a fucking disgrace to the Crown.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:29:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 4:29:32 PM EDT by eodtech2000]
I think you are a week late.

Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:29:37 PM EDT
He certainly is a credit to his service.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:30:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2007 4:31:07 PM EDT by Izzman]

Originally Posted By eodtech2000:
I think you are a week late.


I was referring to the the second pic, with the blindfold.

ETA: I have definitely noticed all the avatars...
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:30:40 PM EDT
If the British Secret Service could kill Princess Diana (), why is this doofus still talking?

What an embarassment.
Anybody that thinks any good came out of this is a fucking retard.

The MOD should have classified their experiences to shut these wankers up.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:34:27 PM EDT
They took the poor guy's Ipod. Come on everyone, have a heart. It is not like the boat or his rifle- this was his Ipod.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 4:40:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ktm500:
They took the poor guy's Ipod. Come on everyone, have a heart. It is not like the boat or his rifle- this was his Ipod.

The rifle went overboard as soon as the Iranians showed up, but he held on to the iPod.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 7:13:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ktm500:
They took the poor guy's Ipod. Come on everyone, have a heart. It is not like the boat or his rifle- this was his Ipod.

Iran better watch out-- the RIAA is coming for the unlicensed songs on that iPod!!

Link Posted: 4/21/2007 7:20:50 PM EDT
Edited to add pics in first post.
Link Posted: 4/21/2007 7:21:49 PM EDT
What a pussy...
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