Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 04, 2007 14:00 ET

Investigation Into Allegations Against the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal Complete

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2007) - An independent investigation has concluded that there is no evidence to support allegations brought forward against the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM).

Allegations contained in a February 21, 2007 letter of complaint by Amnesty International Canada and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association stated that by exhibiting, "a willful blindness to the consequences of transferring detainees (...) the Provost Marshal and unidentified members of the Military Police may have aided or abetted the torture of detainees."

The investigation has concluded that there is no evidence to support the allegations contained in the complaint with respect to the CFPM and that there is no evidence of any criminal act by the CFPM.

The CFPM is in the direct chain of command of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS). Therefore, to ensure investigative independence, the Commanding Officer of the CFNIS directed that the investigation be conducted by an outside agency. Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) superintendents were assigned to investigate the complaints.

The CFNIS is an independent Military Police unit with a mandate to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to National Defence property, Departmental employees and Canadian Forces personnel serving in Canada and abroad.

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