At 11am on Thursday 8 September 2011 the Baha Mousa Inquiry Report will be made public. The Chair of the Baha Mousa Inquiry, Sir William Gage, will give a short statement to the public and the media at Finlaison House, 15-17 Furnival Street, London EC4A 1AB at that time. Those members of the media who wish to see the report beforehand can obtain access to an advance copy by visiting Finlaison House at 8.30am on 8 September. Arrangements to do so should be made by liaising with the Solicitor to the Inquiry who can be contacted at email@example.com or on 0207 242 2353.
At 12 noon on 8 September 2011 the solicitors acting for the family of Baha Mousa and for the other nine survivors of the incident (the victims) will hold a press conference at the Law Society Common Room, Chancery Lane, London. This venue is 5 minutes walk from Finlaison House.
Those present to give statements to the press will be Phil Shiner (Public Interest Lawyers), Tessa Gregory (Public Interest Lawyers) and Dan Leader (Leigh Day & Co). There will be an opportunity for questions and answers after statements on behalf of the victims have been read. Thereafter, there will be an opportunity for one-on-one interviews with the team.
The issues to be addressed by the team are as follows:
a) Systemic issues and the impact of the Baha Mousa Inquiry Report on the hundreds of other Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day & Co Iraq related cases raising similar issues (see pending Court of Appeal judgment in R(on the application of Ali-Zaki Mousa v Secretary of State for Defence due in early October 2011) – Phil Shiner;
b) Reforms and lessons for the future – Tessa Gregory;
c) Issues of individual culpability – Dan Leader.
If the media know beforehand that they do wish to interview members of the team about issues arising from the report they are invited to contact Paul McNab or Claire Hands at Public Interest Lawyers on 0121 515 5069.
For further information, contact Public Interest Lawyers
Telephone: 0121 515 5069