Military warned of torture

Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin told a commission in Ottawa on Tuesday that military commanders overseeing Canada's mission in Kandahar were warned repeatedly that detainees transferred to Afghan authorities faced a systemic risk of torture and abuse, reported the Toronto Star. Mr. Colvin said that within a month of arriving in Kandahar in April 2006, he had "credible" information about the risks facing Canadian transferred detainees. That information was relayed in reports to headquarters staff with the Canadian Expeditionary Command, which was overseeing the Afghan mission.

Published: Wednesday, 04/14/2010 12:00 am EDT

Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin told a commission in Ottawa on Tuesday that military commanders overseeing Canada's mission in Kandahar were warned repeatedly that detainees transferred to Afghan authorities faced a systemic risk of torture and abuse, reported the Toronto Star. Mr. Colvin said that within a month of arriving in Kandahar in April 2006, he had "credible" information about the risks facing Canadian transferred detainees. That information was relayed in reports to headquarters staff with the Canadian Expeditionary Command, which was overseeing the Afghan mission.

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