ADF report into alleged misconduct in East Timor warned of tradition points in particular forces, years earlier than claims of Afghanistan warfare crimes

An inner Australian Defence Power report explicitly warned of a “code of silence” and a tradition of cover-up within the particular forces years earlier than allegations of warfare crimes in Afghanistan emerged.

Virtually 20 years later, an inquiry would blame this similar tradition of obfuscation and deceit for fostering what investigators say was the illegal killing of 39 civilians and prisoners by the SAS in Afghanistan.

The preliminary warning about particular forces “not telling the reality” is contained in 251 pages of studies launched to ABC Investigations below Freedom of Info (FOI) by the Division of Defence.

The paperwork relate to allegations of ADF misconduct in East Timor in 1999. 

The allegations that have been investigated embody an incident involving the SAS during which two militiamen have been killed in controversial circumstances, and claims of torture at a secret interrogation centre arrange by the SAS and run by intelligence officers.

In April, 4 Corners revealed that expenses of torture have been really useful towards three Australian intelligence officers operating the interrogation centre.

The key interrogation centre was situated at Dili’s heliport.(4 Corners: Kyle Taylor)

Regardless of briefs of proof being drawn up, none of those officers was ever charged

“It was by no means handled correctly,” mentioned Karl Fehlauer, who was a member of the navy police particular inquiry staff that investigated the East Timor allegations.

“It gave a inexperienced mild for individuals to behave how they wished to with impunity.”

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