‘Serious discipline breach’ by army

Posted on September 8, 2011


An Iraqi man died after suffering an “appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence” in a “very serious breach of discipline” by UK soldiers, a year-long inquiry has found.

Its chairman, Sir William Gage, condemned “corporate failure” at the Ministry of Defence over the use of banned interrogation methods in Iraq.

Baha Mousa died with 93 injuries in British army custody in Basra in 2003.

The MoD says it will consider carefully any recommendations from the inquiry.

Mr Mousa was arrested, along with nine other Iraqis, at the Haitham Hotel in Basra on 14 September 2003 by members of the 1st Battalion The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

Sir William said a “large number” of soldiers assaulted Mr Mousa and the other detainees, and he added that many others – including several officers – must have known what was happening.


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