The Canadian Forces have for years arrested children suspected of working with the Taliban and handed them over to an Afghan security unit accused of torture, CBC News has learned.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay received a memo in March about Canada’s handling of Afghan child prisoners. (David Smith/Canadian Press)
Allegations that militants captured by Canada were transferred to Afghan forces and later tortured were hotly debated in Parliament last fall.
A document obtained by the CBC’s investigative unit shows that Canadian soldiers captured children as well in the fight against the Taliban, and that many of them were transferred to the custody of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, or NDS.