The government has released a statement to explain General Walter Natynczyk’s disclosure that transfers have been stopped more than once.
Since the May 2007 Supplementary Transfer Arrangement was implemented, Canada has temporarily paused transferring detainees once in November 2007 and on three occasions in 2009. The first two pauses in 2009 were related to allegations about treatment, the last pause was related to access to facilities. All three pauses were for brief periods of time. The first allegations in 2009 were investigated by Afghan officials and appropriate corrective actions were taken. In the latter case, Afghan officials moved quickly to restore unrestricted access to facilities. When Canadian officials were satisfied that the original concerns were appropriately addressed, the transfer process resumed.