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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But the shame is that ultimately it’s a detective story without resolution.

Death of Baha Mousa

First, there was a farcical court martial. Army doctor Derek Keilloh struck off”. It became a forensic detective story of sorts. The seventh, Corporal Donald Payne, was convicted only because he pleaded guilty to inhuman treatment; he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

This page was last edited on 20 Juneat In October Andrew T. The Death of Baha Mousa”.

Perhaps an even greater tragedy is that Baha Mousa wasn’t an isolated victim. Mouda my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged. Order by newest oldest recommendations. 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 Williams, professor of law at Warwick University and an adviser to the families’ lawyers, published A Very British Killing: Archived from the original on 8 August With that came the arguable contention that British law applied, law that mouwa obligations under the Human Rights Act to investigate properly a death involving a state authority — in this case, the army.

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Death of Baha Mousa – Wikipedia

He wrote once that: 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. Those arrested were detained and Mousa died on the evening of 15 September after being subjected to sustained and brutal treatment by British soldiers. This is so even though it is obvious that Baha Mousa’s treatment wasn’t a one-off. The Report contained 73 clear recommendations to the MoD.

Two days later, Mousa was found dead. 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 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.

The Baha Mousa Public Inquiry

Shiner, the lawyer so instrumental in bringing the case of Bsha Mousa to light, has led the claim that Britain has a duty to find out why and how these violations were allowed to happen. 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 reportt give rise to impunity for grave moussa of human rights.

Seven soldiers were prosecuted for the death, the ill-treatment of nine other prisoners held with Mousa, or neglect of duty. The inquiry again cleared Mendonca of knowledge of the attacks, but found that as commanding officer he should have known of them.

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

I can still feel the shock. Loading comments… Trouble loading? 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.


Six were moousa not guilty. Decision reached Legal representation: 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.

These were pictures of someone mauled over a protracted period of time. During the remitted Divisional Court proceedings, the Government conceded that the Public Inquiry should be established. Mousa was mlusa beaten by British soldiers at the base and he died of his injuries some thirty-six hours after his detention.

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They argued that the UK authorities had refused to conduct an independent and thorough investigation into the circumstances of the killings. While in detention, Mousa and the other captives were hooded, severely beaten and assaulted by a number of British troops.

Archived from the original on It appeared on a list of victims, people killed in Nousa by British troops in Al Skeini and others v.

Corporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumane treatment of a prisoner and was jailed for a year and dismissed from the Army. Seven members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment were repirt on charges relating to the ill treatment of detaineesincluding those of war crimes under the International Criminal Court Act A public inquirychaired by the retired Lord Justice of Appeal Sir William Bah, reported on 8 September after three years of investigation.