Australia was an “integral” element of the potentially illegal detention of prisoners of war at a secret Iraqi desert prison in 2003, according to a British newspaper, citing a US military document.
The revelation has led to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, which is investigating Australia’s involvement in illegal detentions in Iraq, to claim that the Australian military might have been complicit in war crimes by handing detainees over to the so-called “black site” known as H1.
- See the PIAC investigation of Australian military detention practices
- PIAC media statement: Australia complicit in illegal military detention
- Read Australia’s link to secret Iraq prisons, SMH, 9 Feb 2012
- Read RAF helicopter death revelation leads to secret Iraq detention camp, Guardian, 7 Feb 2012
- Listen to PIAC’s Edward Santow on Radio National, 9 Feb 2012
- Listen to the AM report, 9 Feb 2012
- Australia’s Defence Dept denies links to secret prisons, ABC Radio Australia