Ottawa Citizen

MacKay confirms officials received 6 allegation­s of torture

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Canadian officials have received allegation­s of torture or abuse from six Afghan detainees, two more than reported by cabinet ministers during testimony at a Commons committee a few days ago. The change of facts prompted Liberal defence critic Denis Coderre yesterday to accuse Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day of “misleading the House and the people of Canada.” The higher number was cited by Mr. MacKay at a news conference Friday, after two days of inquiries by opposition MPs and reporters about discrepanc­ies in testimony he and Mr. Day gave at a meeting on Wednesday.

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