British troops called Iraqi detainees "apes," beat them so that their moans of pain sounded like an "orchestrated choir," and forced them to dance like Michael Jackson, a public inquiry into the death of one of the detainees heard yesterday. The inquiry panel was told that Baha Mousa, a hotel worker, died from 93 injuries inflicted over 36 hours in British custody during the 2003 incident, the Telegraph reports.
The hearing was shown a video of a British soldier—who was sentenced to a year in jail by a military court for his part in the abuse—screaming at hooded Iraqis who were forced into a "stress position" banned by the British army. A lawyer told the inquiry that the incident raised serious questions about British conduct in Iraq that need to be examined in detail. He warned that it could serve as "a rallying cry for extremists."