Murdered Iraqi receptionist’s father demands justice

Kenyan Mau Mau detainees outside London’s High Court recently won massive compensation for British army atrocities committed against them

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 4 January 2016

‘Prosecute those who murdered my son’ says Colonel Mousa

BAHA Mousa’s father, Colonel Mousa, considers it is imperative that those responsible for the death of Baha Mousa, including the commanding officer, are prosecuted.

Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) said yesterday said there is little doubt that war crimes were committed by British troops in Iraq. PIL said it notes that Mark Warwick, the head of the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT), has said that in relation to the ‘serious allegations’ of war crimes committed by UK personnel in Iraq that the IHAT are investigating ‘there is significant evidence to be obtained to put a strong case before the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) to prosecute and charge’ British soldiers who have served in Iraq.

PIL remains concerned about the length of time it is taking the IHAT to investigate these allegations and identify potential suspects. PIL also notes that only 45 of the 1,235 cases identified by the IHAT are currently being investigated.

PIL also notes that it has been publicly accepted by the MOD that there are systemic issues and that they need to be investigated in public. There is a complete absence of any indication that the IHAT are investigating those at the top of the chain of command in the military and politically.

Although the IHAT may make recommendations to the SPA that is no guarantee that the SPA will decide to bring prosecutions. Furthermore, Mark Warwick indicated that it will be for the IHAT with the SPA to decide whether the war crimes threshold has been met in any individual case.

Given the seriousness of all of the cases now before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and recently presented to the High Court in London it is difficult to see how there can be a doubt as to whether or not war crimes have been committed.

In relation to the case of Baha Mousa Sir William Gage’s 1,400-page report published at the end of the Baha Mousa Inquiry identified over 20 culpable individuals and yet there is still no sign of a prosecutorial decision. A PIL spokesperson said: ‘PIL has 1,386 cases where the victims all make allegations of torture and ill-treatment or of unlawful killings.

‘Despite public inquires, court proceedings ongoing since 2004 and the IHAT team of investigators, there is yet to be a single prosecution resulting from IHAT’s work. This is in circumstances where there is “significant evidence” according to Mark Warwick, the head of IHAT, that war crimes may have been committed. IHAT are simply failing to investigate any military personnel, civil servants or politicians responsible for the systemic abuse.’

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation: here.

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  4. Tuesday, 16 August 2016

    Civil Rights lawyers closed down by Tories

    THE law firm that has spent ten years representing the Iraqi victims of the brutal imperialist invasion of their country and the subsequent occupation by US and British troops has been forced to close by the Tory government.

    Yesterday the civil rights firm Public Interest Lawyers announced that it was closing down at the end of August due to the government cutting off all its legal aid funding. Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) have tenaciously taken on the British state, fighting for the rights of Iraqis over claims that they were subjected to torture, mistreatment and, in some cases, murdered by UK troops.

    PIL have submitted numerous allegations of ‘misconduct’ by British troops during the illegal occupation of Iraq, including representing them during the Al-Sweady inquiry into abuse. The announcement that they have been forced out of business means that all the ongoing cases brought by Iraqis will now be dropped, saving the army and state from any further legal action over accusations of torture and war crimes, including 200 compensation claims.

    Hailing it a victory for its witch-hunting campaign against the law firm, the Daily Mail called it a ‘victory’ and a ‘defeat of Iraq War vultures’ while Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon crowed that the firm’s closure was the ‘right outcome for our armed forces’.

    Fallon went on: ‘For too long we’ve seen our legal system abused to impugn them (the army) falsely. We are now seeing progress and we will be announcing further measures to stamp out this practice.’

    The fact of the matter is that PIL and other civil rights lawyers have succeeded in bringing to light through the courts many atrocities committed by the forces of the British capitalist state. PIL have won high court compensation payouts from the Ministry of Defence over cases of ‘ill-treatment’ totalling £21.77 million with 1,150 cases of alleged criminality by British troops being handed over. These will now be dropped.

    Another leading firm of civil rights lawyers, Leigh Day, is facing a similar witch hunt over its representation of Iraqis in the Al-Sweady inquiry into the unlawful killing of Iraqi prisoners in 2004. A high court hearing of this case, where Al-Sweady was represented by Leigh Day, was harsh in its criticism, not of Leigh Day or PIL, but of the Ministry of Defence, with the judge saying that the MoD’s disclosure of documents was ‘lamentable’.

    So severe was this criticism, with the strong implications of a cover-up of atrocities and war crimes, that the then defence secretary was forced to order a public inquiry in 2010. This inquiry completely exonerated army personnel, dismissing Iraqi testimonials as lies, although even this inquiry was forced to conclude that army personnel had broken the Geneva Convention on the treatment of detainees.

    Leigh Day is now under investigation by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the same tribunal that PIL was to face before its forced closure, with the very real prospect of being barred from the legal profession for the crime of representing Iraqis against the British state.

    What these two cases of civil rights lawyers who dared to take on the British state highlight, is the determination by the Tories to stamp out any legal interference in the right of the armed forces of the state to break every law in the book with impunity.

    The Tories are determined to extend this immunity from prosecution to every state agency, already there are clamours for the police to receive legal protection from any action arising out of the ‘shoot to kill’ policy brought in under the guise of a war against terror.


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