Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inquiry demand over secret Iraq documents

ELEANOR HALL: Now to some previously secret intelligence which shows that Australian military leaders were concerned about handing over individuals captured by Australian forces during the Iraq war to the administration in Iraq.

A declassified letter written in late 2004 to the then prime minister, John Howard, warned that Australia may be in breach of its international legal obligations in handing over some individuals, who might be subject to the death penalty.

Our chief political correspondent Sabra Lane has more.

SABRA LANE: In June 2005, The Public Interest Advocacy Centre lodged a freedom of information request with the Defence Department with the aim of flushing out documents on Australia's Defence Force operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Specifically, the centre wanted to know how individuals who were suspected of being terrorists were apprehended, detained and transferred to other military or civil authorities outside Australia.

It took three years for Defence to make a decision to release some of the documents. Read More