Military Police Complaints Commission to conduct Public Interest Investigation into alleged mistreatment of detainees by Military Police in Afghanistan in 2010-11

Media advisory

Ottawa, November 5, 2015 – The Military Police Complaints Commission will conduct a Public Interest Investigation into an anonymous complaint relating to the alleged mistreatment of detainees by the Military Police in Afghanistan in 2010-11 and to the alleged failure to lay charges following the incident.

The complainant alleges that the Military Police (MP) conducted exercises to terrorize detainees and in one instance entered the cells and pressed detainees against the wall and floor and applied arm locks. S/he alleges that investigations were conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) in 2011 and by the MP Chain of Command in 2012, and complains about the investigations, including that no charges were laid and no court martial convened.

On September 21, 2015, Interim MPCC Chairperson Michel Seguin granted an extension of time in the case.

On November 4, 2015, Hilary McCormack, the new Chairperson of the Military Police Complaints Commission, advised the Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Judge Advocate General and the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal of her decision to conduct a Public Interest Investigation, as required under the National Defence Act.

For information, please contact:

Michael Tansey
Communications Advisor,
Military Police Complaints Commission
Cell: (613) 851-4587

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