Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 09, 2009 17:12 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Release of the Findings of the Board of Inquiry Into the In-Theatre Detainee Handling Process

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the release of the findings of the Board of Inquiry into the in-theatre detainee handling process of three individuals in early April 2006:

"I am pleased to note the Board of Inquiry investigation concluded Canadian Forces members with whom the three individuals came into contact, without exception, handled them professionally and humanely.

This report echoes findings in both the results of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) investigation into the alleged abuse of the same three individuals. The CFNIS investigation, concluded last fall, found no evidence that any of the three detainees were mistreated or abused during capture, detention or transfer to Afghan authorities. The investigation also found compelling evidence that all three of the detainees were provided appropriate medical care throughout the entire period they were in custody of the CF.

In addition, a Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) report into the same allegations concluded there was no harm done to the detainees while in military police custody and the injured Afghans were provided with a high standard of medical care.

I am proud of the professionalism of our men and women in uniform. They are serving as part of a difficult UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and they are demonstrating excellent leadership. They serve Canada with pride."

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