Public Interest Investigation into Anonymous Complaint (Treatment of Detainees)

The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) is conducting a Public Interest Investigation (PII) into allegations concerning the treatment of Afghan detainees by members of the Military Police (MP) in 2010-2011, and related investigations in 2011-2012.

In February 2015, the MPCC received an anonymous complaint. The complaint had been mailed from a hotel located within an airport and contained no information about the complainant’s identity. The complaint alleges that the MP conducted exercises to "terrorize" the detainees and in one instance entered the cells and pressed detainees against the wall and floor and applied arm locks. The complainant alleges that investigations were conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service in 2011 and by the MP Chain of Command in 2012, and complains about the investigations, including that no charges were laid and no court martial convened. The letter provides the ranks and surnames of five "reference persons".

The MPCC informed the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal of the complaint and requested additional information about the matters raised. The MPCC also attempted to contact the five "reference persons" listed in the complaint, as well as two additional individuals identified by those persons, in order to obtain any information that would assist in assessing the complaint.

On September 21, 2015, Michel Séguin, Interim Chairperson of the MPCC, granted an extension of time in the case.

On November 4, 2015, Hilary McCormack, Chairperson of the MPCC, decided to conduct a Public Interest Investigation into this complaint.

On February 27, 2017, Hilary McCormack, Chairperson of the MPCC, and Michel Séguin, Member of the MPCC, determined the scope of the PII and identified the subjects of the complaint.

Updates on the progress of the investigation will be posted in the "Timeline" section.

For information, please contact:

Michael Tansey
Communications Advisor,
Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada
Telephone: 613-487-3765
Cell: 613-851-4587
commission@mpcc-cppm.gc.ca
www.mpcc-cppm.gc.ca.

Timeline

Public Interest Investigation into Anonymous Complaint (Treatment of Detainees)
Date Event
June 21, 2017 Disclosure of a portion of the documents and information requested on May 24, 2017 provided to the Commission by the CFPM
May 24, 2017 Investigation Plan approved by the Commission Panel
Request for disclosure of additional materials and information sent to the CFPM
February 27, 2017 MPCC determines scope of Public Interest Investigation into Anonymous Complaint
October 17, 2016 Disclosure of the remaining documents requested on July 22, 2016 provided to the Commission by the CFPM
September 29, 2016 Disclosure of a portion of the documents requested on July 22, 2016 provided to the Commission by the CFPM
August 26, 2016 Disclosure of additional documents related to investigations conducted by the Military Police provided to the Commission by the CFPM
July 22, 2016 Request for additional disclosure sent to the CFPM
June 10, 2016 Disclosure of documents received by the Commission
January 6, 2016 Request for an update on when disclosure will be received sent to the CFPM
November 6, 2015 Request for disclosure of materials relevant to the complaint sent to the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM)
November 4, 2015 Decision to conduct a Public Interest Investigation
September 21, 2015 Decision on extension of time
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