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Our specialist team has worked on cases arising from the Iraq conflict since 2004, including representing British ex-servicemen in claims against the MoD for allegedly failing to provide them with adequate protection against the dangers associated with their employment in Iraq following the invasion in 2003.

Leigh Day has settled over 300 claims against the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on behalf of Iraqis for alleged assaults, unlawful detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, torture and executions by British forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2009.

The most publicised example of abuse by British troops in Iraq is the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist who was tortured to death in Basra in September 2003.

Leigh Day represented Baha Mousa’s family in civil proceedings against the MoD and in 2008 obtained £2.83 million in compensation for his family and nine other men detained and tortured during the same incident.

Leigh Day was also one of the law firms which represented Baha Mousa’s family at the public inquiry in to his death held from 2008 to 2011. In his report Inquiry Chair, Sir William Gage, was highly critical of the MoD for systemic failings which he directly implicated in the death of Baha Mousa.

Many of our clients have made allegations of systemic abuse against the MoD, including the use of the “five techniques” (hooding, stress positions, exposure to noise, deprivation of food and sleep), the use of which had been expressly prohibited by parliament in 1972.

Leigh Day have also represented victims of the notorious Camp Breadbasket incident as well as the family of Saeed Shabram, an Iraqi teenage who drowned in May 2003 after British soldiers apprehended him by a river near Basra.

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