23 March 2011

Aussies to face court-martial in Sydney

The SMH is reporting here that an 11 July 2011 court-martial date has been set for two Australian soldiers over a 12 February 2009 incident in Afghanistan where six civilians were killed. The charges range from manslaughter to failure to follow orders.

Brigadier Lyn McDade, Director of Public Prosecutions, has come under heavy fire within the defence community after she made the decision last year to charge three soldiers. Prior to 2005, the decision to charge a soldier with a crime was made by the chain of command. But Parliament changed that, in 2005, when it created an independent director of prosecutions to decided who try before courts-martial.

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