Court Martial: Disclosure

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Deputy Chief Whip, Whips, Shadow Minister, Defence, Shadow Minister, Foreign Affairs, Shadow Minister, International Development

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In connection with the recent acquittal of six defendants at the court martial arising from the death in Basra in 2003 of Mr Baha Mousa and related matters, whether they will publish in full the observations of Mr Justice McKinnon.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith Lord Goldsmith Attorney General, Law Officers' Department, Attorney General (Law Officers)

Copies of the Judge Advocate's summing up in this case have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. On 13 February 2007, the Judge Advocate directed that his ruling at the close of the prosecution case should not be reported until after the conclusion of this trial.

The trial includes the sentencing stage. Corporal Payne, who has pleaded guilty to an offence of inhuman treatment of persons, is scheduled to be sentenced by the Court Martial Board on 30 April 2007. A copy of the judge's ruling will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses as soon as this soldier has been sentenced.

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