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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I could understand how troops might lose control in a battle zone. Since my book was published, more than 1, allegations of torture, unlawful killing, sexual assault and ritual humiliation have emerged.

Two days later, Mousa was found dead. But I would like to think his underlying mouaa was to challenge indifference to the suffering of others. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Show 25 25 50 All. The report called bahx death an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence”. How could that have happened?

First, there was a farcical court martial. A torso livid with huge swathes of bruising. Controversies surrounding people captured during the War on Terror.

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”. Secretary of State for Defence and another Jurisdiction: Even senior commanders were 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.


The Report contained 73 clear recommendations to the MoD. As Mousa’s killing achieved notoriety rpeort 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 mouaa more detail.

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I wonder what George Orwell would have thought about all this. It would be naive to suppose only a few “rotten apples” were responsible.

Enhanced interrogation techniques Ghost detainees Waterboarding Destruction of interrogation tapes. Corporal Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumane treatment of a prisoner and was jailed for a year and dismissed from the Army.

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But the MoD continues to say we should “wait and see” what its own investigators uncover before embarking on an expensive public inquiry. They were visceral confirmation that this wasn’t just an “interesting” legal case. Archived from the original on 8 August Year of birth missing. Mousa was brutally beaten by British soldiers at the base and he died of his injuries some thirty-six hours after his detention. Decision reached Legal representation: It became a forensic detective story of sorts.

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.


That was enough to spark my interest. On 14 SeptemberMousa, a year-old hotel receptionistwas arrested along with six other men and taken to a British base.

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Retrieved from ” https: Darlington and Stockton Times. My book A Very British Killingwhich has just been shortlisted for the Orwell Prizeis an attempt to make sense of all this. Archived from the original on Picking through all this documentation revealed a story of casual brutality and official indifference.

I can still feel the shock. Seeing those photographs made me rport angry. He found that mouda was widespread ignorance of what was permitted in handling prisoners of war and also criticised the absence of any proper MoD doctrine on interrogation. 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.

The Death of Baha Mousa”. In December Keilloh was struck off the Medical Register, after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found him guilty of dishonest conduct in subsequent enquiries into Baha Mousa’s death. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The interveners made submissions on the practices of states during baah 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.