Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will appoint a special prosecutor to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan. The Australian Government is currently preparing a report on the misconduct of special forces during the war in Afghanistan. Morrison says that a large number of incidents need to be examined in more detail and that a follow-up investigation would be complicated.
The Prime Minister warned Australia that the publication of the report would be burdensome for the nation and contained stories of horrific military action, according to ABC News from Australia…
In addition to appointing a special prosecutor, Morrison plans to appoint an independent committee to monitor the Australian military’s response to the issues highlighted in the report.
Both of Morrison’s statements are indicative that the report will contain serious allegations against Australian special forces involved in the war in Afghanistan, according to The Guardian…
An Australian Department of Defense investigator has been investigating at least 55 Australian military war crimes from 2005 to 2016.
These include allegations of murder and ill-treatment of civilians. One such case came to light earlier this year when a video of a soldier shooting an unarmed man was shown on the Australian news program Four Corners.
Another case concerns one of the special forces men, Benjamin Roberts-Smith, who was a soldier in the SAS Special Forces in Australia but who was imprisoned in 2013. He was then the soldier who had received the most words in Australia.
Other soldiers have accused him of abusing and even killing prisoners. However, he has denied the allegations.
ABC says it is possible to deprive soldiers of words because of their possible war crimes. However, it is still under consideration.
Not long ago, two ABC journalists should be sentenced to prison for using data from the Department of Defense leaked to them in a report on allegations against Australian troops. The allegations were that soldiers had shot dead unarmed men and even children.
The police searched ABC journalist’s house last year, but prosecutors eventually ruled that it was not in the public interest to prosecute the journalists.