British army brutality that killed a young Iraqi father has been condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron who says it must never happen again.
An inquiry into Baha Mousa’s death at a detention centre in Basra says the hotel worker suffered an
“appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence” after being arrested by UK troops in 2003. Others detained with him were also assaulted.
There was no evidence of a culture of violence among British forces in Basra but a ‘corporate failure’ at the Ministry of Defence is blamed for letting banned interrogation methods be used.
“Someone was found guilty and convicted and if there is further evidence that comes out of this inquiry that enables further action to be taken, it should be taken,” Cameron said. “Britain does not cover these things up. We do not sweep them under the carpet.”
One soldier was jailed for a war crime, six others cleared and several have been suspended while Mousa’s family have received compensation. But their lawyer says prosecutors must now re-examine the evidence against the British troops to ensure that justice is done.