Thursday, November 5, 2015

Investigation into allegations of Canadian abuse of detainees in Afghanistan

The Military Police Complaints Commission in Canada will be looking into allegations of abuse of detainees in Afghanistan. According to this Canadian Press account:
The commission overseeing the conduct of Canada's military police says it's launching an investigation into the alleged mistreatment of Afghan detainees. 
The public interest investigation relates to an anonymous complaint about actions taken by the police in Afghanistan in 2010-11 and to the alleged failure to lay charges following that incident. 
The allegations include that military police conducted exercises to terrorize detainees and in one instance entered their cells, pressed them against the wall and floor and put them in arm locks. 
The complainant also raised concerns about the military's own investigations into the incidents, including that no charges were laid and no court martial convened. 
Hilary McCormack, the head of the Military Police Complaints Commission, says the allegation police were involved in covering-up misconduct is a grave one that goes to the heart of the MPCC's mandate to ensure accountability and foster public confidence. 
The announcement of the investigation comes a day after the swearing-in of new Liberal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who did three tours of service in Afghanistan.

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