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Doctor who treated torture victims in Iraq is suspended for 12 months

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1456
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An Iraqi doctor who treated detainees of Saddam Hussein’s regime during his compulsory military service 20 years ago has been suspended from practice in the United Kingdom for 12 months for complicity in torture.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester held that Mohammed Al-Byati, 47, knew that the patients he treated had been tortured and must have known that they would be violently interrogated again.

But the panel decided not to end his career by erasing him from the medical register, after accepting that he played no part in the torture and had effectively no choice …

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