Australian "war crimes"


Aug 10, 2010
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I heard a feature on BBC World Service Radio early this morning.

Military personnel must be legally accountable for their actions but this story perplexes me.

Australian Defence Force chief Gen Angus Campbell issued a fulsome apology for the “alleged” crimes.

The BBC reports:
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission welcomed the report but noted it had not established enough evidence to ensure criminal prosecution.

Although a four-year ADF investigation has apparently justified Gen Campbell’s statement nobody has yet been charged and the prospect of a conviction for a crime—military, civilian or international—appears uncertain just now.

Perhaps I’m missing something here (it frequently happens) but surely an apology might be justified after the formal judicial process was concluded?

As it stands the ADF headshed appears to have already decided upon the blokes' guilt and thrown them under the bus before due legal process has taken its course.

The guide

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Apr 6, 2015
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And you are surprised by very Senior ranks or indeed politicians (which is what these ranks are in the main in all but name) that they are prepared to throw ranks under the proverbial bus.!!. the only time any of our CDS say anything is after they retire on full pension--all that rank and they become gutless