Senior army medic in cover-up hearing after Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa killed – GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING

By Dean Wilkins

A senior army doctor facing allegations of helping to cover up the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners is appearing in front of a Manchester panel today.

Dr Derek Keilloh was the senior medic when father-of-two Baha Mousa, 26, died following an ‘appalling episode of serious gratuitous violence’, a public inquiry ruled.

Mr Mousa was one of ten detainees kept in custody in Basra, Iraq, in September 2003, and was under the control of 1st Battalion the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

The General Medical Council, who are running the £13million investigation led by Sir William Gage, say Dr Keilloh’s involvement was ‘dishonest’ and ‘misleading’.

The hearing also condemned the ‘lack of moral courage to report abuse’ within the Preston-based regiment.

It revealed that 19 soldiers assaulted Mr Mousa and other detainees, and found that many other soldiers, including several officers, must have been aware of what was happening.

And Dr Keilloh was questionned last year over his statement that he found no injuries on Mr Mousa’s corpse.

DEATH IN PRISON: Mr Mousa sustained nearly 100 injuries while in detainment

Mr Mousa – a hotel receptionist – sustained 93 injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken nose, over 36 hours between September 14 and 15 2003.

Dr Keilloh allegedly attempted to revive Mr Mousa after he had stopped breathing on September 15 and is then said to have failed to conduct an adequate examination of his body after death.

The Manchester hearing is expected to last four weeks.

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