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Baha Mousa case: British Army to be cleared of ‘systematic abuse’

Issue No. 2267

The inquiry into the death of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa is expected to publish its final report next week.

Baha Mousa died within 36 hours of being taken into British military custody during a raid on a hotel in Basra, Iraq, on 14 September 2003. He received 93 injuries, including a broken nose and fractured ribs, and died from asphyxia.

Leaks suggest that the report will not apportion blame for his death. A senior, unidentified army officer told the Daily Telegraph, “The inquiry has found no evidence of systematic abuse because there wasn’t any.

“That is not to say that abuse did not happen, but claims that there was a culture or a conspiracy to torture alleged insurgents has not been proved.”

The inquiry has heard that prisoners were scalded with boiling water, urinated on, kicked, punched, hooded, sleep deprived and made to stand in stress positions.

It was played a video of Corporal Donald Payne screaming at prisoners and calling them “apes”.

Iraq attack plan

Newly discovered letters reveal that George Bush and Tony Blair pledged to each other to attack Iraq without a second resolution from the United Nations. The letters are from Blair’s private secretary to Bush’s closest aides.

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