Ethics watchdog won’t investigate Sajjan over Afghan detainee inquiry decision

An Afghan prisoner is transported by Canadian Forces in Afghanistan in 2011. Multiple reports and media stories during the Afghan conflict included allegations about the abusive tactics of Afghan police, including allegations of police engaging in child abuse

The federal conflict of interest commissioner has declined to investigate a complaint against Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan over a decision not to hold a public inquiry into unresolved questions related to the handling of suspected Taliban prisoners during the Afghan war.

The complaint was filed by former New Democrat MP Craig Scott, who has returned to teaching at York University in Toronto.

Last spring, Scott spearheaded a federal e-petition calling on the Liberal government to fulfil a commitment — made while in opposition — to hold an inquiry into the handling of allegations around the treatment of Afghan detainees.

It was Sajjan who turned down the call.

Scott, however, argued the defence minister should never have made the decision because he was a liaison and intelligence officer during the conflict in Kandahar, and therefore had a personal vested interest in not seeing an inquiry.

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Source By http://www.cbc.ca

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