Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry

Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry, edited by Richard Norton-Taylor, at the Tricycle Theatre, a fringe venue in Kilburn, north London from 2 June to 2 July 2011.

Directed by Nicolas Kent, designed by Polly Sullivan, lighting by Charlie Hayday.

Examines the British Army’s handling of detainees in Iraq and the death of Baha Mousa in 2003. On 14 September 2003, at the Haitham Hotel in Basra, Iraq, Baha Mousa and nine others were arrested by the British Army as suspected insurgents. Two days later Baha Mousa was dead. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered from asphyxiation and had received at least 93 injuries to his body whilst in the Army’s custody. In 2008 the Secretary of State for Defence announced a public inquiry into Baha Mousa’s death and the treatment of those detained with him.

Tactical Questioning: Scenes from the Baha Mousa Inquiry brings together scenes from the public inquiry which examined the shocking events that took place over those two days of detention and the British Army’s treatment of detainees. The Tricycle’s production is staged following the oral hearings completed in October last year and before Sir William Gage publishes his final report and recommendations this summer.

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