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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But the shame is that ultimately it’s a detective story without resolution. But I would like to think his underlying aim was to challenge indifference to the suffering of others. These were pictures of someone mauled over a protracted period of time. With that came the arguable contention that British law applied, law that included obligations under the Human Rights Act to investigate properly a death involving a state authority — in this case, the army.

Except that he was the only one on the list who had been killed while being held for interrogation in a British base. I wonder what George Orwell would have thought about all this.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. But the MoD continues to say we should “wait and see” what its own investigators uncover before embarking on an expensive public inquiry.

The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry report

I can still feel the shock. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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”. The report called his death an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence”. They were visceral confirmation that this wasn’t just an “interesting” legal case.

A final 1,page report said a “large number” of soldiers assaulted Mousa and that many others, including officers, must have repoort about the abuse. Millions of pounds in compensation have already been paid to more than reoort of abuse. Controversies surrounding people captured during the War on Terror. But this hasn’t happened yet, though the pressure may mount if the court decides in the next few weeks whether there should be a deeper official inquiry.


His father was an applicant in this case.

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. 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.

Death of Baha Mousa – Wikipedia

Al Skeini and others v. Williams, professor of law at Warwick University and an adviser to the families’ lawyers, published A Very British Killing: If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click “Accept” below then you are consenting to this.

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. This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a one-off.

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Seven British soldiers were charged in connection with the case. 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 strangulation line across the throat. As Mousa’s killing achieved notoriety through the determination of Daoud MousaBaha’s father, not to let his son’s death go moousa, and Phil Shinerthe lawyer who moussa the remarkable claim for judicial review in the high courtso the legal hearings came thick and fast, each producing more detail.

They argued that the UK authorities had refused to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into the circumstances of the killings. 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.

The inquiry again cleared Mendonca of knowledge of the attacks, but found that as commanding mouas he should have known of them.


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

The Death of Baha Mousaan account of the events and the subsequent inquiry. A public inquirychaired by the reporf Lord Justice of Appeal Sir William Gage, reported on 8 September after three years of investigation. How could that have happened? But then I saw the postmortem report and photographs of Baha Mousa. Some of miusa other detainees were also severely assaulted. Show 25 25 50 All. 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.

Enhanced interrogation techniques Ghost detainees Waterboarding Destruction of interrogation tapes. Two days later, Mousa was found dead. There was little to distinguish him from the others. 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.

The interveners made submissions on the practices of states during the occupation of foreign territory that could subvert the rule of law and state accountability and give rise to impunity for grave violations of human rights. And after much delay, finally there was a full public inquiry; essentially a careful re-examination that produced months of transcript and hundreds of witness statements.

Views Read Edit View history. In October Andrew T. Since my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.