UK inquiry begins into Iraqi’s death

Author: Associated Press

Baha Mousa, 26, was working at a hotel in Basra that was raided by soldiers
looking for weapons in September 2003.

He was taken to a British base where he sustained 93 injuries, including
fractured ribs and a broken nose. An autopsy said he died of asphyxia,
caused by a stress position that soldiers forced him to maintain.

Six soldiers were cleared of wrongdoing at a court martial in 2007. A seventh
pleaded guilty to inhumanely treating Iraqi civilians.

The inquiry that begins today will look into Mousa’s death and into whether
troops used banned techniques during interrogations. The inquiry is expected
to last a year.

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