A report by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge and Army Reserve Major General Paul Brereton, released last week, found “credible information” about at least 25 Australian soldiers involved in the alleged killing of civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan.
Australia’s Department of Defence has initiated an administrative punishment process that may lead to the dismissal of the elite Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment members reportedly involved in war crimes in Afghanistan, the Australian news network ABC cited unnamed sources as saying.
Last week, the Brereton report, commissioned by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF), singled out “credible information” that Australian soldiers murdered civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan. The report was conducted by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge and Army Reserve Major General Paul Brereton.
A department spokesperson told ABC that the administrative action against “a number of serving Australian Defence Force personnel” had been launched “in accordance with legislation and defence policy”.
They apparently referred to Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell telling reporters that all options were on the table in terms of possible punishments for those Australian soldiers accused of the purported war crimes, including stripping them of medals.
The spokesperson, in turn, noted that it was “essential that due process is followed, and that no further comment be made until the process is complete”.