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 25, 2021 Receipt of the CFPM’s Notice of Action, which is the CAF’s official response to the Interim Report, outlining what action, if any, has been or will be taken in response to the MPCC's recommendations.
February 26, 2021 Interim Report setting out the MPCC’s findings and recommendations with respect to the complaint issued to the MND, the CDS, the JAG and the CFPM.
October 5, 2020 Deliberation of Commission Panel begins
September 15, 2020 Additional subject interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
September 14, 2020 Additional subject interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
September 9, 2020 Additional witness interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
September 4, 2020 Additional subject interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
September 4, 2020 Additional witness interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
August 25, 2020 Subject matter expert witnesses interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
August 13, 2020 Response received from the CAF to the Commission’s August 10, 2020 request, authorizing the release of the document listed in the Commission’s request
August 10, 2020 Request sent to the CAF for authorization to include in the Commission’s PII report a document created and provided by a witness interviewed by the Commission
June 17, 2020 Additional witness interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
May 12, 2020 Response received from the CAF to the Commission’s April 21, 2020 request, authorizing the Commission to refer to the document in its PII Report
April 21, 2020 Request sent to the CAF for authorization to refer to a relevant document provided to the Commission by the CF MP Gp in the Commission’s PII Report
April 15, 2020 Response received from the CF MP Gp to the Commission’s October 21, 2019 request, indicating to the Commission to seek authorization from the CAF to refer to a relevant document in its PII report
March 3, 2020 Additional witness interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
November 20, 2019 Response received from the CAF to the Commission’s October 21, 2019 request, authorizing the release of the information listed in the Commission’s request
October 21, 2019 Request sent to the CFPM for the declassification of a relevant document provided to the Commission by the CF MP Group
October 21, 2019 Request sent to the CAF for authorization to disclose certain information contained in classified documents obtained further to the Commission’s inspection of CAF records
October 2, 2019 Supplementary documents and information requested by the Commission Panel after their review of the Investigation Report completed and provided to the Panel
July 31, 2019 Investigation Report submitted to the Commission Panel
May 8, 2019 Additional witness interview conducted to clarify information received during the investigation
October to December, 2018 Interviews conducted with the subjects of the complaint
October 24, 2018 Disclosure of the documents requested on September 13, 2018 provided to the Commission by the CAF
September 13, 2018 Request sent to the CAF organization holding the records for disclosure of the relevant documents identified during the MPCC inspection
September 12, 2018 Inspection of the records held by the CAF completed
March 1, 2018 Access granted by the CAF organization holding the records – inspection of the records by the MPCC has begun
December 21, 2017 Letter sent by the CFPM to the CAF organization holding the relevant records to request that access to the records be provided to the MPCC
November 9, 2017 Request sent to the CFPM for assistance in obtaining access to relevant records held by other CAF organizations
July 25, 2017 Witness interviews begin
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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