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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The inquiry heard that Mousa was hooded for almost 24 hours during his 36 hours of custody by the 1st Mouss of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and that he suffered at least 93 injuries prior to his death. A strangulation line across the throat.

My book A Very British Killingwhich has just been shortlisted for the Orwell Prizeis an attempt to make sense of all this. Darlington and Stockton Times. During the remitted Divisional Court proceedings, the Government conceded that the Public Inquiry should be established.

While in detention, Mousa and the other captives were muosa, severely beaten and assaulted by a number of British troops.

Perhaps an even greater tragedy is that Baha Mousa wasn’t an isolated victim. The inquiry into his death found that Mousa’s death was caused by “factors including lack of food and water, heat, exhaustion, fear, previous injuries and the hooding and stress positions used by British troops – and a final struggle with his guards”.

Wrists with rings of cut flesh. It would be naive to suppose only a few “rotten apples” were responsible. No one was held responsible for Mousa’s killing or even for allowing the system of torture for that was what it was: 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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Some of the other detainees were also severely assaulted. Seven soldiers were prosecuted for the death, the ill-treatment of nine other prisoners held with Mousa, or neglect of duty. Decision reached Legal representation: Retrieved from ” https: Corporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumane treatment of a prisoner and was jailed for a year and dismissed from the Army. B aha Mousa was just a name at first.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. They argued that the UK authorities had refused to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into the circumstances of the killings. Mousa was brutally beaten by British soldiers at the base and he died of his injuries some thirty-six hours after his detention.

On 19 SeptemberCorporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to a charge of inhumane treatment to persons, making him the first member of the British armed forces to plead guilty to a war crime. 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 The seventh, Corporal Donald Payne, was convicted only because he pleaded guilty to inhuman treatment; he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Then there was a high court review, which found that the investigation into Mousa’s death was pathetically inadequate. Those arrested were detained and Mousa died on the evening of 15 September after being subjected to sustained and brutal treatment by British soldiers. 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.

But then I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa. Seven members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment were tried on charges relating to the ill treatment of detaineesincluding those of war crimes under the International Criminal Court Act But those soldiers who came to give evidence suddenly could no longer remember what had happened; the judge bahx lamented the collective amnesia that had set in and had little choice but to dismiss most of the charges.


A final 1,page report said a “large number” of soldiers assaulted Mousa and that many others, including officers, baaha have known about the abuse. But this hasn’t happened yet, though the pressure may mount if the court mouea in the next few weeks whether there should be a deeper official inquiry.

The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience bsha. Al Skeini and others v. But I would like to think his underlying aim was to challenge indifference to the suffering of others. But legally it was “interesting” because, being held in the middle of an army camp, he was within British jurisdiction when he died.

The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry

Picking through all this documentation revealed a story of casual brutality and official indifference. Enhanced interrogation techniques Ghost detainees Repkrt Destruction of interrogation tapes.

This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a one-off. Since my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged.

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

Reportt defendants were acquitted. He wrote once that: The report called his death an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence”. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. I hope that was achieved.

A torso livid with huge swathes of bruising. The Death of Baha Mousa”.