Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan – November 18, 2009

In Committee from the House of Commons

Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan – November 18, 2009

Members heard controversial testimony about the transfer of Afghan detainees from Richard Colvin, the senior Canadian diplomat in Kandahar in 2006 and 2007. Colvin said he reported his concerns to superiors about allegations of prisoner torture by Afghan authorities, but claimed his reports were largely ignored.

Senior ministers and officials have denied seeing the reports at the time, and government lawyers have tried to prevent Colvin from testifying before the Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC).

The committee also heard from Peter Tinsley, chairman of the MPCC, which has been investigating what Canadian forces knew about the torture allegations.