By A. T. Williams
On 15 September 2003 Baha Mousa, a lodge receptionist, used to be killed through British military troops in Iraq. He were arrested the day prior to this in Basra and used to be taken to an army base for wondering. For forty-eight hours he and 9 different blameless civilians had their heads encased in sandbags and their wrists sure through plastic handcuffs and have been kicked and punched with sustained cruelty.
A succession of guards and informal military viewers took excitement in beating the Iraqis, humiliating them, forcing them into rigidity positions in temperatures as much as 50 levels Centigrade, and staring at them endure within the soiled concrete construction the place they have been held. different squaddies, officials, medics, the padre, didn't participate in the violence yet they observed what used to be occurring and did not anything to prevent it. a few knew it used to be unsuitable. a few weren't yes. a few have been too scared to interfere. yet none stated whatever or adequate till it used to be a long way too past due and Baha Mousa were crushed to death.
This e-book tells the interior tale of those crimes and their aftermath. It examines the institutional brutality, the bureaucratic apathy, the fallacious army police inquiry and the farcical court docket martial that tried to carry humans criminally accountable. although a whole public inquiry suggested its findings into the crimes in September 2011, its mandate constrained what it may well say. the total tale, instructed with the ability of a true-crime reveal or court-room drama, indicates how this was once now not easily a couple of few undesirable males or 'rotten apples'. It shines a gentle on all these fascinated by the crime and its research, from the bottom squaddie to the elite of the military and politicians in cupboard. What it finds is devastating.
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