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Court Martial: Disclosure

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2007

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. [HL2724]

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.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the document entitled 1QLR Internment procedure, dated 9 July 2003, as disclosed at the recent court martial of members of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and others. [HL2725]

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. In these circumstances, it is inappropriate to publish, at the present time, any document concerning internment procedure, as to do so may risk prejudicing the outcome to those proceedings.