Former Australian soldiers in Afghanistan face manslaughter charges

16:08, September 27, 2010      

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The Director of Military Prosecutions on Monday said three former members of Australia's Special Operations Task Group will be charged with manslaughter following an incident in which four children died last year in Afghanistan.

The soldiers will be charged with various service offenses, including manslaughter, dangerous conduct, failing to comply with a lawful general order and prejudicial conduct.

The charges relate to an incident in February 2009, when six Afghans were killed during an Australian Special Operations Task Group raid targeting an insurgent leader in Uruzgan province.

Four of the dead were small children. Two more children and two adults were also wounded.

The Director of Military Prosecutions is an independent office which operates outside the Australian Defense Force (ADF) chain of command.

The decision to press charges came after the ADF carried out its own operational investigation and referred the incident to the Director of Military Prosecutions.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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