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Baha Mousa: Minister ‘forgot’ torture memo

Issue No. 2205

A former Labour minister “failed to recollect” a memo confirming that British soldiers tortured Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa.

In 2004 Adam Ingram, armed forces minister at the time, claimed he was “not aware of any incidents in which UK interrogators are alleged to have used hooding as an interrogation technique”.

But a public inquiry was told last week that Ingram was sent a memo marked “Secret: UK Eyes Only”.

It showed that Mousa was in custody for 36 hours and “spent 23 hours and 40 minutes of this hooded, albeit not continually”.

Baha was beaten to death by British soldiers. He had 93 separate injuries, including a broken nose and fractured ribs, and died from asphyxia.

Ingram claimed, “It certainly would not have been within my power to remember everything that I had been informed in writing or verbally.”

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Tue 8 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2205
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