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Lords rule that Iraqis have human rights

Issue No. 2056

Baha Musa after being held by the British Army

Baha Musa after being held by the British Army


The House of Lords ruled last week that European human rights law did apply to British troops serving in Iraq in the case of Baha Musa who died in their custody four years ago.

The government had maintained that soldiers serving in Iraq should not be subject to Britain’s Human Rights Act or the European Convention on Human Rights.

Baha Musa was detained with several other Iraqis by British troops in Basra. Those held were kept blindfolded, put in stress positions and beaten during 36 hours of detention. Baha died after suffering 93 injuries, including broken ribs and a broken nose.

Earlier this year Corporal Donald Payne, the only soldier to have pleaded guilty to abuse in connection with the case, was jailed for one year. Six other soldiers were cleared over charges relating to Musa’s death.


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