Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Torture is torture"

Says Brigadier-General Guy Laroche, former Task Force Commander, at the Military Police Complaints Commission. He also said some other things.

Testifying before a public hearing by the Military Police Complaints Commission in Ottawa Tuesday, Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche said he felt Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs had failed to monitor the detainee transfer situation closely enough. He also said he went so far as to suspend transfers out of concern detainees were being mistreated.Laroche, who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Roto 4 for 10 months beginning in 2007, said the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan's secret police force, had a sordid history and had repeatedly failed to treat people in accordance with the law. And he said he "absolutely" agreed that Canada's responsibility for detainees did not cease just because they were handed off to Afghan authorities.

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