Baha Mousa Inquiry Report
8 September 2011
The Baha Mousa Inquiry published its final report today. Chambers was heavily involved in the three-year Inquiry. For the Inquiry Team, Nicholas Moss was First junior counsel to the Inquiry and Emma Price one of the Inquiry's support counsel. David Barr led the team representing the Ministry of Defence that also included Rodney Dixon and was supported by Aidan Ellis.
Baha Mousa was a 26 year old Iraqi hotel worker. He died in the custody of British Forces in September 2003. Nine others detained with him suffered various degrees of physical and psychiatric injury. The events were particularly controversial because the detainees were hooded and placed in stress positions, techniques that had been banned by the British Government in 1972.
The Inquiry's report spans 3 volumes and makes 73 recommendations. A summary of the Inquiry's main findings is at the end of the Report. The Report is published on the Inquiry's website at: http://www.bahamousainquiry.org/report/index.htm
The Inquiry was established under the Inquiries Act 2005 with the terms of reference:
"To investigate and report on the circumstances surrounding the death of Baha Mousa and the treatment of those detained with him, taking account of the investigations which have already taken place, in particular where responsibility lay for approving the practice of conditioning detainees by any members of the 1st Battalion, The Queen's Lancashire Regiment in Iraq in 2003, and to make recommendations."