Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 03/06/2008

Would you cast the first stone, If you had to walk a mile in their shoes?

© of W.Gomez
I am referring to the soldiers who are fighting a war they don’t fully understand and yet. How are we to comprehend the madness that inflicted itself, through the actions of the soldiers stationed at Basra and the death of Mr Baha Musa?

TenPercent says it with passion

The sad episode is about Corporal Donald Payne, 34, of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, charged with inhuman treatment and the manslaughter of Baha Musa on September 15, 2003; perverting the course of justice; and with inhuman treatment of eight other named Iraqis. Lance Corporal Wayne Crowcroft, 21, and Private Darren Fallon, 22, of the same regiment, are charged with inhuman treatment of Iraqis.

[T]he Ministry of Defence bowed to pressure yesterday by agreeing to hold a public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi hotel worker in British custody in Basra.

Baha Musa suffered 93 injuries at the hands of British soldiers in September 2003. The 26-year-old receptionist was subjected to 36 hours of beatings and abusive treatment, including being double-hooded with hessian sacks in stifling conditions.

After a five-year campaign by the relatives of Mr Musa, Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, announced that the death is to be investigated at a full public inquiry conducted by a High Court judge.

Only one member of the British Army has ever been convicted of a charge linked to the death of Mr Musa. Corporal Donald Payne, of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, pleaded guilty to inhuman treatment of persons protected by the Geneva Conventions and was sentenced at a court martial in April last year to 12 months in prison. He was also dismissed from the Army.

Article by Michael Evans Defence Editor. Read the whole report here

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