But then I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa. I can still feel the shock. They were visceral confirmation that this wasn’t. The work of the Baha Mousa Inquiry is now completed and the Report published. As of 31 December the Inquiry is closed. Baha Mousa was working as a receptionist in a hotel in Basra on the morning of The report said that British soldiers inflicted “violent and cowardly” assaults on .

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In the relatives musa six Iraqi civilians killed by UK soldiers in brought a case in the United Kingdom against the Secretary of State for Defence. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. There were all sorts of reasons why that may have happened.

Baha Mousa inquiry: ‘Serious discipline breach’ by army – BBC News

But then I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa. It became a forensic detective story of sorts.

A strangulation line across the throat. Perhaps an even greater tragedy is that Baha Mousa wasn’t an isolated victim.

Seeing those photographs made me intensely angry. Mouza members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment were tried on charges relating to the ill treatment of detaineesincluding those of vaha crimes under the International Criminal Court Act Here was a man, working in a hotel as a receptionist, arrested by British soldiers looking for insurgents, taken into custody for questioning and 36 hours later ending up dead.

Mousa was brutally beaten by British soldiers at the base and he died of his injuries some thirty-six hours after his detention. A public inquirychaired by the retired Lord Justice of Appeal Sir William Gage, rport on 8 September after three years of investigation.

Six defendants were acquitted. While in detention, Mousa and the other captives were hooded, severely beaten and assaulted by a number of British troops. Despite all the available evidence, a damning report at the end of the Reporf Mousa inquiry inand army generals queuing up to lament this “stain on the British army”, still no one has been brought to justice.


I could understand how troops might lose control in a battle zone. The inquiry heard that Mousa was hooded for almost 24 hours during his 36 hours of custody by the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and that he suffered at least 93 injuries prior to his death. This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a one-off.

Even senior commanders were ignorant of a ban bzha in on the use of five techniques, including stress positions, sleep deprivation and hooding, which were used on Mousa and the other detainees. As Mousa’s killing eeport notoriety through the determination of Daoud MousaBaha’s father, not to let his son’s death go unnoticed, and Phil Shinerthe lawyer who brought the remarkable claim for judicial review in the high courtso the legal hearings came thick and fast, each producing more detail.

Enhanced interrogation techniques Ghost detainees Waterboarding Destruction of interrogation tapes. But the shame is that ultimately it’s a detective story without resolution. Seven soldiers were prosecuted for the death, the ill-treatment of nine other prisoners held with Mousa, or neglect of duty.

The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry report

He found that there was widespread ignorance of what was permitted in handling prisoners of war and also criticised the absence of any proper MoD doctrine on interrogation.

Views Read Edit View history. Picking through all this repotr revealed a story of casual brutality and official indifference. I can still feel the shock. Then there was a high court review, which found that the investigation into Mousa’s death was pathetically inadequate.

The brutal death of Baha Mousa

But I would like to think his underlying aim was to challenge indifference to the suffering of others. MoD’s guilt for death of Army’s Iraqi prisoner”. There was little to distinguish him from the others. But legally it was “interesting” because, being held in the middle of an army camp, he was within British jurisdiction when he died.


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The Death of Baha Mousa”. Secretary of State for Defence and another Jurisdiction: But those soldiers who came to give evidence suddenly could no longer remember what had happened; the judge advocate lamented the collective amnesia that had set in and had little choice but to dismiss most of the charges.

The Inquiry, which was limited to bha particular battalion in Basra, did not find evidence of systematic torture committed by the British Army and instead singled out a number of soldiers for severe criticism. The seventh, Corporal Donald Payne, was convicted only because he pleaded guilty to inhuman treatment; he was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Those arrested were detained and Mousa died on the evening of 15 September after being subjected to sustained and brutal treatment by British soldiers.

It would be naive to suppose only a few “rotten apples” were responsible. Archived from the original on 8 August This page was last edited on 20 Juneat Four of the men had been shot by military personnel, one had allegedly been beaten and forced into the Shatt Al-Arab river, where his body was found.

The details of the military police investigation and the legal hearings deport followed needed to musa laid out with precision.