“None of this diminishes the misery that I and so many others really feel concerning the contents of the Brereton inquiry [report] launched yesterday.
“Its findings are damning of the behaviour of a small group of particular forces personnel who it’s claimed, amongst different issues, had been liable for the illegal killing of 39 Afghan residents.”
Mr Howard famous that not one of the 39 alleged murders had been dedicated within the “warmth of battle”, saying the conduct was “completely at odds with the values, beliefs and practices of our navy forces”.
Chief of the Defence Power Angus Campbell launched a redacted model of Justice Brereton’s report on Thursday, promising to behave on the inquiry’s “shameful”, “deeply disturbing” and “appalling” findings.
The Perth-based SAS’s second squadron shall be instantly disbanded with a brand new unit to be established as an alternative.
Mr Howard stated Basic Campbell responded “candidly and on to the chilling conclusions” of the inquiry.
“The CDF didn’t diminish in any method the intense points raised by it and demonstrated true management qualities,” he stated.
“Due course of should now be adopted. If fees are laid in opposition to people they should be dealt with in accordance with Australia’s felony justice system. Any personnel charged ought to benefit from the presumption of innocence.
“An extended highway lies forward. Within the meantime, we should always keep in mind the persevering with service of our navy personnel and, the place applicable, lengthen a serving to hand to them and their households.”