SAS soldiers responsible for war crimes must lose more than their medals

The Australian Greens MPs

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Australian Greens Peace and Disarmament spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said any Australian SAS soldiers found guilty of war crimes as part of the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry must be prosecuted to the full extent of domestic and international law.

Senator Steele-John also reiterated calls for the full report to be made public by Chief of the Defence General Angus Campbell.

“It is not good enough for the ADF to simply strip medals from SAS soldiers who are found guilty of committing heinous crimes; that is the very least the Chief of the Defence can do in response to these incredibly serious allegations,” Steele-John said.

“General Campbell must make public the IGADF report – which he now has on his desk – so that the public can assess its findings in full.

“It is alleged on the public record that innocent people lost their lives; the individuals responsible must lose more than just their medals and the Australian people must know to what extent those allegations are true.

“Australians deserve to know what our defence force personnel are doing in overseas conflict zones in our name.”

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