Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the results of the investigation that showed that Australian special forces had killed 39 unarmed Afghans in Afghanistan, and that senior officers had forced soldiers to kill unarmed prisoners “so that they became accustomed to killing.” Being annoying and painful.
In his first public comment on the report, which was released Thursday, Morrison said – at a press conference in Melbourne today, Saturday – that the Australian authorities are moving quickly to deal with this issue under the Australian justice system.
He added that these matters cannot be repeated, and spoke about the necessity of holding those responsible for these atrocities accountable, saying that “the control committee that is established will keep this process on the path it should be on, and there will be appropriate accountability.”
And the Australian Defense Minister, Linda Reynolds, said yesterday that she felt ill after reading the report on the killings carried out by Australian soldiers against prisoners, farmers and other civilians in Afghanistan.
The report, issued Thursday, recommended that 19 current and former military personnel be referred to the judiciary, in this case, which reveals an aspect of the violations of Western forces against civilians in Afghanistan.
The report covered the behavior of Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, and included: The results of investigations carried out by the judge over 4 years Paul Britton, who questioned 400 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents.
In addition to the description of the executions, the report stated that Australian soldiers placed weapons and communications devices alongside the bodies of the prisoners, to suggest that they were combatants who were killed in the operations.