The Chairman of the Public Inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, Sir William Gage, has announced that he will publish his Report on 8 September 2011.
Baha Mousa was killed by British soldiers in a British detention facility in Basra, Iraq in September 2003. PIL (together with Leigh Day & Co) represented the family of Baha Mousa as well as the nine surviving victims of torture at the Inquiry. The Inquiry was announced by the Ministry of Defence in May 2008, after PIL won an important victory in the House of Lords confirming that Baha Mousa was entitled to the protections of the Human Rights Act at the time of his death (this was the case of Al-Skeini).
The Inquiry sat for oral hearings over 115 days and heard oral evidence from 247 witnesses – from the victims themselves, the soldiers involved in the incident, senior military figures, Ministers of State and the Attorney General. It is hoped that the Inquiry’s report will lay bare how unalwful interrogation techniques, previously banned by the British Government after their use in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, returned to widespread use by British forces in Iraq and the critical role played by senior military and civil service personnel and Government ministers in encouraging this.
The report will be laid before Parliament on 8 September 2011, the culmination of over seven years’ search for justice for the victims. Public Interest Lawyers will make further press statements at that time.
See further: http://www.bahamousainquiry.org/index.htm