UK Troops Guilty of “Gratuitous” Torture

A military investigation found that British soldiers were guilty of "gratuitous violence" against Iraqi prisoners, including beating detainees in unison so that they howled out in a "choir." Investigation head William Gage said 26-year-old Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist who was arrested with nine others when soldiers raided their hotel for weapons in 2003, was tortured to death and sustained 93 injuries. The Guardian reports that soldiers used torture techniques that were banned 30 years ago. "Such an incident should not have happened and should never happen again," Gage said. The inquiry, set up by the former Labour government, made 73 recommendations, including a ban on hooding prisoners and better training.

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