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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Australia Creates Special Prosecution Body to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Afghanistan

Australia announced that it is creating a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces who were suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australia announced that it is creating a new investigative agency, the Office of the Special Investigator to build criminal cases against Australian special forces who were suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan from 2005 and 2016.

The inspector-general of the Australian Defence Forces began the looking into the conduct of its elite special forces units in 2016 after local media reported on that unarmed men and children had been killed by Australian forces between 2005 and 2016.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that the report would bring “difficult and hard news for Australians” but plan on releasing it anyway. 

“There is a significant number of incidents or issues to be investigated further and that investigation will be inherently complex,” said Morrison.

Defense Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell is expected to disclose a redacted report on the four-year investigation next week.

Campbell and Morrison would have powers to examine the Australian Defence Force (ADF) report and nominate cases for criminal prosecution.

“In Australia, we deal with this stuff and we deal with it honestly, but in accordance through the rule of law and by following the justice practices and principles that makes Australia what it is,”  added Morrison. 

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