Baha Mousa inquiry: soldier's diary


The inquiry into the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa heard extracts from a diary kept by Private Stuart MacKenzie, of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, while on tour in Iraq. Private MacKenzie was one of the soldiers guarding Mr Mousa.

Warning: contains strong language

8 July 2003

"Out to vehicle check point, vehicle VCP. Found five SMGs British issue and Nine millimetre pistol and mags. Arrest perp [short for perpetrator] and take car. Hostage beaten up. Broken wrist, concussion, sore bollocks."

18th July 2.30pm

"Crushing jerrycans at another petrol station. A big Iraqi punched Mr Rodgers and got filled in immediately by about 10 of us. He was bleeding from his head, face and ears. He was battered from head to toe, so we let him go instead of arresting him."

24 July

Still on QRF. Called out about 12pm, Ali Baba stealing steel rods from outside camp. Chased them. Asp and Benny swam the sewer to catch him. One warning shot fired by Redders. Man caught and roughed up. Head under water. He's going to be ill. Taken to cop-shop. Finished at 7 pm, off now till 1pm Friday. Wicked."

11/12 September

"Found 3 Ali Babas at WTP7, beat them up with sticks, filmed it. Good day so far."

"Nothing much happened. House raid for hours, nothing found. Caught 3 Ali Babas, beat fuck out of them on back of Saxon. 1 had a punctured lung, broken ribs, fingers, 1 had dislocated shoulder and broken fingers."



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    Comment number 44.

    these stories make for sad reading,and i am sure they only apply to a tiny number of our soldiers;call me old fashioned,but i still believe our servicemen are the best in the world,not just in what they do,but also in what they do not do...officers and n.c.o.s please take note...

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    Comment number 43.

    Heads should roll as a result of this. General Sir Peter Wall bears ultimate responsibility and should be dismissed. If they are serious. If not, guess what, another cover-up.

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    Comment number 42.

    Dont tar all soldiers with the same brush - are all care home workers abusive, with regard to the panorama programme a few months ago might suggest.
    Further, in regard to the comment about Ali Baba being a racist term, it was actually an iraqi slang term for thieves. Nothing racist or disgusting about it.

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    Comment number 41.

    Gillian, if the army waas as you suggest then there would be a LOT more than one person beaten to death on a regular basis.
    In reality, very very few soldiers would actively condone or participate in such acts.
    In my 6 months in iraq in 2005, we were regularly reminded of the rules to adhere to, and were in no uncertan terms reminded what might happen if we broke those rules.

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