Afghan detainee updates

The Prime Minister has announced that more formal hearings will be held when Parliament resumes on allegations that senior Canadian officials ignored the risk that detainees transferred to Afghan security would be tortured.

The Canadian Press also reports that information on one such incident was kept hidden for over three years.

The Canadian military has ordered a formal investigation into how a critical report on the beating of an Afghan prisoner remained buried at National Defence headquarters.

In June 2006 soldiers captured a suspected Taliban fighter and handed him over to local police, who then beat him to the point where the Canadians had to intervene.

A report on the incident, which undermines Conservative government claims that no prisoners handed over to Afghans faced abuse, was apparently uncovered only in December.