The paper trail

While the Military Police Complaints Commission continues to go over what was known, what was believed and what could be proven about the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan, the NDP has released a memo drafted by Richard Colvin in June 2007—apparently obtained through an access to information request—that details three allegations of abuse.

The visit reported in the memo came six weeks after the Globe’s pivotal reporting of detainee abuse. Transfers were halted in November 2007 after an embassy official heard an allegation of mistreatment from a detainee and was directed to the electrical cable allegedly used.

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