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Richard Colvin speaks

Accuses Canada of “complicity in torture” in Afghanistan

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At this moment, Richard Colvin is delivering crushing testimony to the special committee on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. Here is the first dispatch from Canadian Press.

A federal official says all of the prisoners Canada handed to Afghanistan’s notorious intelligence service in 2006-07 were tortured — and many of them were likely innocent … In a blistering indictment of Ottawa’s handling of prisoners, Colvin said the Red Cross tried for three months in 2006 to warn the Canadian army in Kandahar about what was happening to prisoners, but no one would “even take their phone calls.”

Reports from Canadian Press, the StarCanwest, Reuters, the Sun, CTV and CBC.

An extract from Colvin’s opening statement here.