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UK Minister for Veterans’ Affairs ordered to provide evidence in Afghanistan war crimes inquiry

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The UK Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Plymouth Moor View MP , Johnny Mercer, was ordered to supply proof in a public inquiry relating to battle crimes allegations in Afghanistan below Section 21 notice under the Inquiries Act 2005, the BBC reported on Saturday. The inquiry issues doable battle crimes perpetrated by British Particular forces (UKSF) towards Afghan civilians and unarmed individuals between 2010 and 2013.

Mercer has beforehand supplied a witness statement in November 2023 regarding the inquiry following a Rule 9 request the place he associated being advised in 2017 about “critical allegations of incidents that occurred inside UKSF.” He acknowledged that whereas he was conscious of the seriousness of the allegations, he “believed ministers have been conscious of them and that they have been being investigated.” He additionally mentioned that he knowledgeable Ministry of Defence (MOD) officers and raised issues in regards to the allegations when he joined the division in 2019, and that investigations have been being carried out by the MOD.

Mercer mentioned that the allegations made by the BBC and the Sunday Instances relating to the killings of civilians by UKSF in appeared to him at first to be “on a unique degree than the one [he] knew the MOD was investigating,” however he later acknowledged the investigations carried out have been flawed and that the ministry ought to have urgently “referred the instances to the Particular Investigation Department of the Royal Navy Police.” He refused to call the individuals who advised him in regards to the mentioned incidents.

The inquiry into the UKSP relating to their actions of deliberate detention operations in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013 was launched in 2022, with Protection Secretary Ben Wallace announcing in July 2023 that UK Particular Forces are being investigated following allegations of “illegal exercise.” The inquiry goals to handle claims that the investigations by Royal Navy Police on whether or not illegal killings had been carried out by the British armed forces was insufficient. The general public inquiry discovered that the UK Particular Air Service was accountable for the killing of two Afghans in October 2023 and injured two youngsters.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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