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Tortured Iraqis will receive nearly £3m compensation from MoD

A team of lawyers at Leigh Day & Co, led by partners Martyn Day and Sapna Malik has successfully concluded a mediation on behalf of a number of Iraqi clients.

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11 July 2008

Senior partner Martyn Day, partner Sapna Malik and their team have been involved in two days of mediation, overseen by Lord Woolf, the former lord chief justice. The mediation was held to consider the claims of a number of Iraqis represented by Leigh Day who were detained and tortured by members of the British army in Iraq. One of the men, Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist died after being held by British troops, after his death his body was found to have more than 93 injuries. Interrogation techniques were used on the Iraqi civilians that were prohibited in 1972 by Edward Heath after the European Court of Human Rights condemned their use in Northern Ireland.

The family of Baha Mousa will receive part of the compensation from the Ministry of Defence. Colonel Mousa who has been in London for the mediation said yesterday:

"The death of my son is with me every day of my life. Today's settlement will ease a little of that pain and will go some way to enabling his children and my grandchildren to rebuild their lives."

The Ministry of Defence welcomed the settlement. During the talks Lt Gen Freddie Viggers, the army's adjutant, apologised for the "appalling treatment they suffered at the hands of the British army". Viggers added: "The appalling behaviour of British soldiers made us feel disgusted."

Leigh Day partners Martyn Day and Sapna Malik have represented Colonel Mousa and other Iraqis for a number of years and were delighted with the result of the mediation.

Following the pioneering work of Phil Shiner a public inquiry into the events surrounding the death of Baha Mousa and the torture and abuse of the other Iraqis is due to be held. The date of the public inquiry into the torture incidents and types of interrogation techniques used in Iraq has yet to be announced but is keenly awaited by Colonel Mousa and his fellow Iraqi citizens.

For more information please contact Martyn Day or Sapna Malik on 020 7650 1200.

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