1 December 2011 - DPP asked to consider charge in Baha Mousa case as lawyers claim church is failing to take action
The father of Baha Mousa outside the inquiry into his son's death. Mousa's family are urging the DPP to consider whether Peter Madden should be prosecuted. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian
The director of public prosecutions has been asked to consider bringing criminal charges against a Roman Catholic priest who was found to have witnessed the shocking condition of a group of prisoners in Iraq, which included Baha Mousa, who was tortured to death, but did nothing to raise the alarm.
Lawyers for Mousa's family and the other prisoners are urging the DPP to consider whether Father Peter Madden should be prosecuted for misconduct in public office or even for breaching the Geneva Conventions.
Madden was serving as padre with the rank of captain with the 1st Battalion, the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in Basra in September 2003. He has since left the army and is a parish priest in Warwick. read more>>>