Iraq Historic Allegations Team

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of any Iraqi Historic Allegations Team investigations into the deaths of (a) Baha Mousa in British Army custody in September 2003 and (b) Tariq Sabri al-Fahdawi on board an RAF helicopter in April 2003.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Following the conclusion of the Baha Mousa Inquiry, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) were directed by the then Secretary of State to reinvestigate his death. The investigation into the death of Baha Mousa remains ongoing. This is a criminal investigation and it would be inappropriate to provide any further details.

The death of Tariq Sabri al-Fahdawi (also known as Tariq Sabri Mahmud) was not investigated by the IHAT, which forwarded the result of their review of the original Royal Air Force Police investigation to the Provost Marshal (Royal Air Force) on 8 March 2012. The further investigation initiated by the RAF Police has been completed, and the Service Prosecution Authority has decided that no-one should face charges in this case.

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