Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 18, 2010 13:47 ET

Chief of the Defence Staff Statement on Colonel Williams' Guilty Plea

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) - The following statement is issued by General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, on behalf of the Canadian Forces in reaction to the guilty plea entered today by Colonel Russell Williams in Ontario Superior Court in Belleville, Ontario, on October 18, 2010:

"The tragic events surrounding Colonel Russell Williams stunned all Canadians and none more so than the members of the Canadian Forces. Today's guilty plea is the first step in a healing process that will no doubt take many years.

"Upon formal conviction we will be in a position to officially begin the administrative process that will lead to Colonel Williams' release from the Canadian Forces. This will be completed as quickly as possible.

"While we are confident that justice is prevailing, we recognize that this will not diminish the pain and anguish suffered by the families, friends, and communities so directly affected by these tragic events.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to those affected, and I reaffirm my commitment to promoting the well-being of the men and women and families of the Canadian Forces."

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