Thursday, 10 June 2010

Iraqi abuse footage 'appalling'

Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon has described footage of hooded Iraqi prisoners being abused by a British soldier as "appalling".

One of the prisoners is believed to be hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, 26, who died in Basra, southern Iraq, in September 2003 after allegedly being beaten to death by British soldiers.

Mr Hoon claimed he had never seen the footage before, despite its previous widespread circulation in the press. Giving evidence to an inquiry into Mr Mousa's death, Mr Hoon described the behaviour of the soldier in the video as "reprehensible".



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