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PM comments on Baha Mousa inquiry

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Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the "truly shocking and appalling" abuse suffered by Baha Mousa in Iraq in 2003.

The independent public inquiry, led by Sir William Gage, found that a series of brutal acts by members of British forces led directly to the death of Baha Mousa, while others were involved in assaulting him and his fellow detainees.

Mr Cameron said the episode should not have happened and should never be allowed to happen again.

Speaking from Downing Street, Mr Cameron said:

It is clearly a truly shocking and appalling incident. This should not have happened, it should never be allowed to happen again.

The British Army, as it does, should uphold the highest standards. We should take every step possible to make sure this never happens again.

If there is further evidence that comes out of this inquiry that requires action to be taken, it should be taken.

Britain does not cover these things up, we do not sweep them under the carpet. We deal with it.

External site: Publication of the Baha Mousa Inquiry Report (MOD website)