Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday that seeks to prosecute Australian soldiers who allegedly committed war crimes during its deployment in Afghanistan, between 2005 and 2016.
Morrison noted that there is a “significant number” of incidents and that the investigation will be “complex” by reporting the creation of a special office dedicated to investigating the accusations.
“Given the allegations of alleged serious and possibly criminal misconduct, the issues raised in the investigation must be evaluated, investigated and, when the allegations are substantiated, prosecuted in court,” said Morrison, along with his Defense Minister Linda Reynolds .
The creation of this special investigation office It comes a week before the publication of the report by the Australian Defense Forces General Inspectorate, which since 2016 has been investigating complaints about alleged crimes committed mainly by the country’s elite forces in a conflict zone.
The president urged “independently face the brutal truths”, without detailing the alleged war crimes that are included in the Inspector’s report, which was handed over to the Australian government last week.
The office for the special investigation of war crimes, which will report to the Interior Ministry, is expected to begin operations next year and will have the power to bring suspects guilty of war crimes to court.
The Australian government, which seek international cooperation to evaluate complaintsIt will also implement a new panel to address culture within the armed forces, which will report to the Ministry of Defense.
The Australian network ABC has denounced alleged war crimes perpetrated by the Australian military in Afghanistan for years, among them extrajudicial executions, and that led the Police to search their offices for the leak in 2017 of the so-called “Afghan Files” on the abuses committed by soldiers in the Asian country.
Australia deployed up to 1,500 Australian soldiers for combat operations between 2001 and 2014 in Afghanistan, what was considered the largest military contribution of a country outside the Atlantic Alliance, and since then it has kept small military detachments dedicated to training and training.
The investigations only span from 2005, when they were deployed to 150 members of the special forces and reinforced their military presence in Afghanistan, while in previous years their contribution was mainly for logistical activities.
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