Australia – 12 February 2009 incident in Afghanistan – update


On 12 February 2009 the Special Operations Task Group deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation SLIPPER undertook a compound clearance operation in Uruzgan Province.

The operation was the subject of an investigation by the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service, which was subsequently referred to the Director of Military Prosecutions for consideration.

The Director of Military Prosecutions is the independent prosecutorial authority for the Australian Defence Force.

The Director of Military Prosecutions is a statutory appointment, designed to operate outside the Chain of Command in order to remove any suggestion of bias or command influence from the prosecution process.

On Monday 19 July, the Director of Military Prosecutions invited the Chain of Command to make representations regarding the interests of the Australian Defence Force in accordance with section 5A of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982.

This process allows the Chain of Command to represent matters to be considered by the Director of Military Prosecutions that relate to the maintenance and enforcement of Service discipline.

It must be stressed that the Director of Military Prosecutions is continuing her consideration of this matter and has not yet made a final decision regarding potential disciplinary action.

Defence will announce the outcome of the Director of Military Prosecutions‘ consideration of the matter when finalised. Media contacts:

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia