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Afghanistan: War Crimes

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th June 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date was Operation Northmoor concluded by his Department.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he announced that Operation Northmoor had been concluded; and how that official announcement made.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the conclusions of Operation Northmoor.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communication Ministers in his Department have had with personnel under investigation as part of Operation Northmoor in relation to the conclusion of that investigation.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

Holding answer received on 25 June 2020

On 15 July 2019, following consultation with the Director of Service Prosecutions and with the concurrence of the independent persons providing external assurance, the then Provost Marshal (Army) exercised his right as an independent authority to conclude the investigation phase of Operation Northmoor.

In line with normal Service Police practice, anyone interviewed under caution and any affected units were notified, once appropriate, that they would not be referred to prosecutors.

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