Baha Mousa Death: Doctor 'Acted Dishonestly'

Mike McCarthy, North Of England Correspondent
Sky News
Baha Mousa Death: Doctor 'Acted Dishonestly'

A former army doctor has been found guilty of misleading and dishonest conduct following the death of an Iraqi detainee in 2003.

A tribunal of medical watchdogs found Dr Derek Keilloh failed to carry out a proper examination of Baha Mousa.

He was also held responsible for failing to assess the health of other detainees.

Dr Keilloh had been on duty as a regimental medical officer in September 2003 and was about to end his shift when he was called to treat Mr Mousa, a hotel receptionist who had been arrested by British soldiers in Basra 36 hours earlier.

Mr Mopusa had been hooded for almost 24 hours, handcuffed and violently assaulted.

He had extensive injuries including a broken nose, fractured ribs and severe bruising to his face and neck.

Mr Mousa suffered 93 separate injuries at the hands of the soldiers.

Dr Keilloh tried to resuscitate him but was unable to save the Iraqi.

The medic subsequently said he had identified only a small amount of dried blood around the nose and repeatedly denied any knowledge of other injuries.

It is claimed he insisted under oath that he had seen nothing untoward.

He was accused at the 'fitness to practice' tribunal in Manchester that he failed to act with 'openness and honesty'.

Mr Mousa, 26, had been arrested by soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

A public inquiry concluded the injuries, heat, exhaustion, hooding and stress positions had contributed to the detainee's death.

Dr Keilloh, a 28-year-old captain at the time of the incident, had only been his job as regimental medical officer for eight weeks.

Ahmed al Matairi, who was detained in Basra, told the medical tribunal he had heard Mr Mousa cry: "I am innocent. I am not a Baathist. My wife died six months ago. Blood! Blood! I am going to die."

His 22-year-old wife had died of cancer prior to his detention.

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