Canadian army probing abuse of Afghan detainees

The Canadian military is investigating a complaint that prisoners were abused while in the custody of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, according to news reports Tuesday. At least one, and perhaps as many as three, Afghan detainees "taken captive by the Canadian Forces appears to have been beaten while detained and interrogated by them," Amir Attaran, a University of Ottawa law professor, alleged in a letter sent last week to the Military Police Complaints Commission, an independent civilian body. The allegations are based on documents obtained by Attaran under the Access to Information Act. The documents, viewed by The Globe and Mail newspaper, refer to injuries sustained by detainees while in Canadian custody last April.