Australia’s military watchdog has issued a public plea for information regarding rumours of possible war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. The ABC reported in July on an alleged cover-up of the killing of an Afghan boy as well as hundreds of pages of leaked defence force documents relating to the secretive operations of the country’s special forces.
Australia’s military watchdog has issued an unprecedented public call for information about possible war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
“Anyone with information concerning rumours of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016” is asked to contact the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) said the IGADF in a statement released today.
“The IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry is examining whether or not there is any substance to rumours of possible breaches of Laws of Armed Conflict in Afghanistan”.
Chief of Army Angus Campbell last year referred allegations of potential crimes to the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, who then appointed NSW judge Paul Brereton to assist in investigation.
Judge Brereton, who is an Army Reserve Major General, said in the statement: “While the inquiry has already spoken to many sources, we would like to hear from anyone else who has any relevant information.
“Whether you saw something yourself, or heard others talking about it, we would like you to contact us.