Canadian soldiers accused of abusing Afghan prisoners 2007-02-06 00:00:25

    OTTAWA, Feb.6 (Xinhua) -- The Canadian military is investigating allegations of Afghan prisoners being abused by Canadian soldiers last year, local media reported on Tuesday.

    Amir Attaran, a law professor with the University of Ottawa, alleged that three Afghan detainees were beaten by Canadian soldiers last April. His conclusion was based on relevant government documents he had obtained.

    Attaran sent these allegations to the independent civilian-run Military Police Complaints Commission, who then informed Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier and the head of the military police, Capt. Steve Moore, the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday.

    The military launched its own probe last week after receiving the letter.

    A group of Canadian soldiers captured the Afghans near a small town about 50 kilometres west of Kandahar, where more than 2,000 Canadians are serving. The men were taken to the medical center on the Kandahar base.

    A military report says that the man with the most serious injuries - bruises and cuts to his arm, back and chest - was injured when his hands were tied behind his back, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

    The military initially said that "appropriate force" was used against the man, who it said was a bomb-maker.

    One of the detainees was described in military reports as "non-compliant," while a second was described as "extremely belligerent."

    Canadian soldiers are serving under the NATO command in the Kandahar region, a former stronghold of Taliban militants.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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