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Iraqi widow starts claim against MoD for murdered husband

On Friday 2nd May 2008, Leigh Day & Co served a letter of claim on the Ministry of Defence on behalf of Mrs Suhad Jassim Mohammed

Sami Mohammed and his family

8 May 2008

On Friday 2nd May 2008, Leigh Day & Co served a letter of claim on the Ministry of Defence on behalf of Mrs Suhad Jassim Mohammed, whose husband Sami was brutally murdered by Iraqi militia in Basra, while he was employed by the British Army as an interpreter. Jobs in Basra being scarce, Sami Mohammed had started working for the British Army as an interpreter in August 2005 and was still working for the Army when he was abducted and killed on 14th August 2006.

Sami Mohammed was ambushed as he was travelling home in a car, just outside the British Army Camp at the Shaibah Logisitics Base where he worked. His dead body was found by Iraqi police later that evening, he had been shot three times in the head. A few days before he was killed, Sami had sent his wife and children to Kuwait. He had also informed the British Army that he would be resigning. His widow and three children now live in exile in Kuwait and face rebuilding their lives with an uncertain and financially insecure future.

During the course of 2005 and 2006 a growing number of Iraqi interpreters who worked for the British Army, or organisations supporting the British Army, were sent death threats and subjected to kidnaps, murder and attempted murder. In the course of 2005 and 2006 several of Sami Mohammed’s colleagues at the Shaibah Logisitics Base were targeted and reported threats to British Officers. However, it appears that the British Army did little or nothing to minimise the risks their staff faced.

Sapna Malik, partner at Leigh Day & Co, said of the claim: “It is clear that there was a dereliction of duty when it came to protecting the very people who risked their lives to assist and British Forces from 2003 onwards. The British Forces were content to use Iraqi interpreters and yet did nothing to protect them when it became clear their lives were in danger”.

For further information, contact Sapna Malik or Daniel Leader on 020 7650 1222.

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