A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa

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The true story of a murder that sums up the stink of invading Iraq. This book shows why the Iraq story is far from over -- whatever we may or may not get from the Chilcot Inquiry and that we do need a proper inquiry into the British war in Afghanistan.
     On September 15, 2003 Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was killed by British Army troops in Iraq. He had been arrested the previous day in Basra and was taken to a military base for questioning. For forty-eight hours he and nine other innocent civilians had their heads encased in sandbags and their wrists bound by plastic handcuffs and had been kicked and punched with sustained cruelty.

     The story of Baha Mousa's death symbolised some of the tragedy of Britain's involvement in the Iraq war. Not only does it show how easily our troops could abuse the very people we were supposed to liberate but it also revealed how incapable -- or unwilling, or incompetent -- the army, government and the law were in stopping that abuse.

     This book proves that the detention and interrogation system imposed by the armed forces was flawed. It enabled abusive techniques (hooding, imposing stress positions -- known as 'harshing') to be used that frequently spilled over into physical and psychological violence. The UK government has set up a body to find out the scale of the problem and already almost 200 separate cases are being investigated.

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ANDREW WILLIAMS is a law professor at the University of Warwick and Director of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice.

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"A deserving winner of the Orwell Prize" Independent "[An] incendiary, eloquent account... A brilliantly researched indictment which argues that torture is endemic in the military" -- Arifa Akbar Independent "For all its forensic detail, the book grips us emotionally, and has as keen a sense of storytelling as a horror story or courtroom drama. Ultimately, the greatest achievement of this incendiary, eloquent and angry book is that it humanises Mousa beyond the iconic and infamous figure he has become in his death" Judges of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2013 "This is a landmark book. Fluently, meticulously, A. T. Williams allows us to understand both the murderous nature of colonial war and the insidious moral corruption behind its institutional facades" -- John Pilger "What to do after reading it? some might put this book away and try to forget about it, the way you would a bad dream. Others will feel changed by the awareness. A few will channel their feelings into action. There can't be any better definition of political writing at its most excellent" Independent

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