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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Loading comments… Trouble loading? The Death of Baha Mousaan account of the events and the subsequent inquiry. Year of birth missing. This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a bzha.

Secretary of State for Defence and another Jurisdiction: Wrists with rings of cut flesh.

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

But this hasn’t happened yet, though the pressure may mount reeport the court decides in the next few weeks whether there should be a deeper official inquiry.

Since my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged. 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.

I can still feel the shock. The report later details that Mousa was subject to several practices banned under both domestic law and the Geneva Conventions. The details of the military police investigation and the legal hearings that followed needed to be laid out with precision.


The BBC reported that the six other soldiers were cleared of any wrongdoing, [10] and the Independent reported that the charges had been dropped, and that the presiding judge, Mr Justice Stuart McKinnon, stated that “none of those soldiers has been charged with any offence, simply because there is no evidence against them as a result of a more or less obvious closing of ranks. Darlington and Stockton Times. How could that have happened?

Suicide attempts Quran desecration controversy Boycott of military tribunals Former captives alleged to have re joined insurgency Hunger strikes Force feeding Homicide accusations Juvenile prisoner Seton Hall reports. This page was last edited on 20 Juneat The report called his death an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence”.

But the shame is that ultimately it’s a detective story without resolution. 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 A torso livid with huge swathes of bruising.

But bana I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa. These were pictures of someone mauled over a protracted period of time.

The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry report

The inquiry again cleared Mendonca of knowledge of the attacks, but found that as commanding officer he should have known of them. Seeing those photographs made me intensely angry. B aha Mousa was just a name at first. Controversies surrounding people captured during the War on Terror. They were visceral confirmation that this wasn’t just an “interesting” legal case.

Baha Mousa Inquiry

I bwha understand how troops might lose control in a battle zone. Archived from the original on 8 August The Inquiry, which was limited to a 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. Retrieved 8 September Seven British soldiers were charged in connection with the case.


Except that he was the only one on the list who had been killed while being held mojsa interrogation in a British base.

Two days later, Mousa was found dead. 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. The cookie settings on this website are set to “allow cookies” to give you the best browsing experience possible.

Corporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumane treatment of a prisoner and was jailed for geport year and dismissed from the Army. Six defendants were acquitted.

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. Mousa was brutally beaten by British soldiers at the base and he died of his injuries some thirty-six hours after his detention.

There was little to distinguish repory from the others. First, there was a farcical court martial.

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