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Witnesses to murder: the Somalia public inquiry

The Story

It was expected to be a quiet day of formality and introduction but explosive charges rocked the Somalia public inquiry, as documented in this CBC Radio report. The inquiry, charged with investigating the Airborne's deployment to Somalia and subsequent accusations of a cover-up, heard from Canadian lawyer Isaac Sechere, a member of the Somali community. He says that Somalis frequently suffered at the hands of the Canadians.

Medium: Radio
Program: Canada at Five
Broadcast Date: May 24, 1995
Guest(s): Isaac Sechere
Host: Barbara Smith
Reporter: Michael McAuliffe
Duration: 1:47

Did You know?

• The Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia was chaired by Gilles Letourneau. Judge Robert Rutherford and journalist and academic Peter Desbarats also served on the Commission. The Commission was called in 1995 by Defence Minister David Collenette.
• The Commission was given a mandate to explore accountability, reporting procedures and leadership, among other issues.


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