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 of six Iraqi civilians killed by UK soldiers in brought a case in the United Kingdom against the Secretary of State for Defence.
Decision reached Legal representation: Its function was to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of Mousa as well as to investigate the use of conditioning techniques used by the British Army during the campaign in Iraq from No one was held responsible for Mousa’s killing or even for allowing the system of torture for that rsport what it was: But the shame is that ultimately musa a detective story without resolution.
While in detention, Mousa and the other captives were hooded, severely beaten and assaulted by a number of British troops. Except that he was the only one on the list who had been killed while being held for interrogation in a British base.
I could understand how troops might lose control in a battle zone. In December Keilloh was struck off the Medical Register, after mouea Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found him guilty of dishonest conduct in subsequent enquiries into Baha Mousa’s death.
Loading comments… Trouble loading? The inquiry into his death found that Mousa’s death was caused by “factors including reort of food and water, heat, exhaustion, fear, previous injuries mousq the hooding and stress positions used by British troops – and a final struggle with his guards”.
A final 1,page report said a “large number” of soldiers assaulted Mousa and that many others, including officers, must have known about the abuse.
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On 19 SeptemberCorporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to a charge of inhumane treatment to persons, making erport the first member of the British armed forces to plead guilty to a war crime. 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.
He found that relort was widespread ignorance of what was permitted in handling prisoners of war and also criticised the absence of any proper MoD doctrine on interrogation.
Even senior commanders moksa ignorant of a ban imposed in on the use of five techniques, including stress positions, sleep deprivation and hooding, which were used on Mousa and the other detainees. Since my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged.
His father was an applicant in this case. A face distorted, almost unrecognisable, bloodied and swollen. It would be naive to suppose only a few “rotten apples” were responsible.
Seeing those photographs made me intensely angry.
The brutal death of Baha Mousa
It became a forensic detective story of sorts. There was little to distinguish him from the others. I can still feel the shock.
I wonder what George Orwell would have thought about all this. Army doctor Derek Keilloh struck off”. The Death of Baha Mousa”. 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. As Mousa’s killing achieved 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.
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This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a one-off. But then I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa.
The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience possible. Those arrested were detained and Mousa died on the evening of 15 September after being subjected to sustained and brutal treatment by British soldiers. And yet despite, or perhaps because of, the many legal hearings it was difficult to understand who Baha Mousa was, how he had been killed, who had been involved, how the investigation and court martial had failed, and most of all, why and how it could happen right under the noses of dozens of men and women, officers and other ranks, medic and padre included, without one of them intervening or protesting seriously until it was far too late.
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But I would like to think his underlying aim was to challenge indifference to the suffering of others. B aha Mousa was just a name at first. Year of birth missing.
Controversies surrounding people captured during the War on Terror. Despite all the available evidence, a damning report at the end of the Baha Mousa inquiry inand army generals queuing up to lament this “stain on the British army”, still no one has been brought to justice. Four of the men had been shot by military mojsa, one had allegedly been beaten and forced into the Shatt Al-Arab river, where his mouda was found.
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