Middle East Online, Sep 23, 2009
Sons of Baha Mousa, sitting with their uncle
Iraqi father says British troops targeted his son because he had accused them of stealing.
LONDON – The father of an Iraqi man who died in British military custody in 2003 told an inquiry in London Wednesday his son may have been singled out for bad treatment because he had accused troops of stealing.
Baha Mousa, 26, was arrested at the Basra hotel where he worked on September 14, 2003 and died the day after, having suffered 93 injuries including fractured ribs and a broken nose.
His father Daoud Mousa, a colonel in the Iraqi police, told the public inquiry into his death: “I believe that my son may have been treated worse than other people because I had made a complaint… that money was being stolen from the hotel safe.