The decision of the Director of Military Prosecutions to charge three Australian special force soldiers over an operation in Afghanistan was received with surprise, incredulity and outrage. Although this is not now proceeding the charges should never have been brought. The men were only doing their duty.
The decision affected morale but worse could have made soldiers risk their own lives and those of their comrades in the unnecessary hesitation which the DMP’s decision caused. This affair was the result of Parliament's unwise decision to centralise military prosecutions, which was not the case in the two world wars and which is not the case in the US.
CANdo says Parliament created the problem and Parliament must must reverse it.
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