Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hoon up to his old tricks...

I had planned to go to the Baha Mousa Inquiry today to see former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon give evidence.

The inquiry panel is looking into the death of hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, who died in Basra in 2003 having been hooded and allegedly beaten to death by British soldiers.

Last week we heard how Hoon’s Armed Forces Minister at the time, Adam Ingram, had admitted to the inquiry that he had misled MPs when he told them hooding was only used for the transport of prisoners, despite having been informed it had also been used in other circumstances.

Today Hoon, who avoided the waiting press by entering the inquiry building via a back door, showed he has not lost his knack for ‘qualified’ speech (notwithstanding the lobbygate affair).

While saying he was "deeply shocked" when he discovered that an Iraqi detainee had died, he added that it was Ingram who had been responsible for day-to-day issues relating to the treatment of detainees.

Reminds me of that “I think it was Sue” moment from Bigot-gate.

I’ll put up a fuller version of the transcript when I get it.

1 comment:

john in cheshire said...

Hoon is one of the most disgustingly repellant pieces of human excrement that we have ever had the misfortune to employ and an MP (or any other post, for that matter). If there was any justice in this country, he would be behind bars for a very long time. I believe he was implicated in the Dr David Kelly death. But then he is a socialist, so it's almost a prerequisite to be a mendacious, hyprocritical arsehole. Amongst their long list of character and genetic defects.

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