Today, the Globe and Mail’s Paul Koring reported on evidence contradicting Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s repeated assertions that there has never been proof that Canadian-transferred detainees were abused by Afghan security forces. This evidence was uncovered during the federal court challenge the BCCLA launched with Amnesty International.
From the Globe and Mail:
In one well-documented case in the summer of 2006, Canadian soldiers captured and handed over a detainee who was so severely beaten by Afghan police that the Canadians intervened and took the detainee back. Canadian medics then treated the man’s injuries. The incident is documented in the field notes of Canadian troops, recounted in a sworn affidavit by a senior officer and confirmed in cross-examination by a general.
The incident, which was previously known, takes on new and greater significance given the chorus of denials from Mr. MacKay.
The Globe and Mail also has a tidy round-up of MacKay’s repeated denials of detainee abuse.
Proof of detainee abuse exists, despite MacKay’s denials (Globe and Mail)
Verbatim: MacKay on detainees (Globe and Mail)