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Soldiers risk war-crimes charges, report warns
Deal on detainees does 'great disservice' to Canadian troops - Featuring Michael Byers
Description: Canadian soldiers could find themselves charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court because of an agreement the government approved on the handling of detainees captured in Afghanistan, warns a report to be released today.
Date: 09 April 2006
Author: David Pugliese
Source: The Ottawa Citizen
Canadian soldiers could find themselves charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court because of an agreement the government approved on the handling of detainees captured in Afghanistan, warns a report to be released today.

The legal opinion on the arrangement regarding prisoners captured by Canadian troops and then turned over to the Afghan government raises a number of red flags about the lack of safeguards to protect soldiers against later prosecution.

"Whoever negotiated this agreement did our soldiers a great disservice," said Michael Byers, an international law professor at the University of British Columbia, who wrote the opinion...


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