Somalia Affair: Dismissal with disgrace
Canadian peacemakers were lauded as heroes when they went into an untamed land ruled by rebels. Their mission, Operation Deliverance, charged them with restoring order in Somalia. But in fact, the Canadian Airborne regiment was splitting apart at the seams, lacking both leadership and accountability. Murder after murder, the troops came home disgraced. Tracks were covered and responsibility shifted up and down the chain of command during an investigation that would dismantle the army and implicate the government in a high-level cover-up.
Brown was sentenced to five years in prison and was dismissed with disgrace from the Canadian army. The sentence was considerably less than the 15 to 25 years sought by the prosecution. "It says that it's OK to do something like this," Adan said angrily.
. When Kyle Brown was asked at his trial why he participated in the beating, he replied, "I thought he was a thief. I despised thieves."
• In 1997, Kyle Brown published a book called Scapegoat: How the Army Betrayed Kyle Brown with journalist Peter Worthington. In the book he argues that he was made a scapegoat by the army to save the higher-ranking officers from culpability and embarrassment.
• Lt.-Col Carol Mathieu, the highest-ranking officer facing prosecution, was acquitted. He was criticized for ordering his soldiers to shoot at looters running from the Canadian camp.
• "It was not an order, it was a guideline. The rules of engagement are guidelines. They authorize you to go from nothing to deadly force." -- Lt.-Col Carol Mathieu, 1994.
• Maj. Anthony Seward was convicted of negligent performance of duty for his instructions to "abuse" anyone who broke into the compound. He was reprimanded, demoted and served three months in prison.
• Pte. Mark Boland knew about the beating and suggested Matchee place a telephone book over Arone's head and smash it with a riot stick. He later testified that he was only joking when he made that remark. He pled guilty to negligent performance of duty and was dismissed from the army.
Program: Hourly News
Broadcast Date: March 20, 1994
Guest(s): Ahmed Ahdan
Reporter: Henk Van Leeuwen
Last updated: August 29, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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