Police to pursue lines of inquiry that warrant further attention in killing of Iraqi hotel receptionist by British troops
10 September 2013 - The death of Baha Mousa is to be reinvestigated by police 10 years after the Iraqi hotel receptionist was tortured to death by British troops, a Ministry of Defence inquiry has announced.
The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat), a police unit led by a civilian former detective, said it would pursue a number of lines of inquiry that it believed warranted further attention.
Legal battles mounted by lawyers representing Mousa's father made the killing by troops from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment the most notorious of a number of deaths in British military custody following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Ihat is investigating 44 allegations of unlawful killing, including 12 deaths in custody and 85 allegations of the mistreatment of prisoners. By the end of 2012 the MoD had paid millions of pounds in compensation to hundreds of Iraqis who had brought civil claims for unlawful detention and mistreatment. read more>>>