Court Martial: Witness Statements

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, how many witness statements were taken in translation and whether any procedural flaws were identified in them.

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

Nine of the detainees, through the assistance of interpreters, provided the Royal Military Police with a total of 22 witness statements, which were recorded in Arabic. These statements were translated into English. The Army Prosecuting Authority has reported that there were some minor translation errors, but these caused no significant difficulty during the trial.

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