Regina Leader-Post

Report flags flaws in probe of soldier’s suicide


OTTAWA — In a damning indictment of Canada’s military police detectives, a federal report issued Tuesday says there were “serious flaws” in the investigat­ions of the suicide of Afghanista­n war veteran Stuart Langridge, with poorly supervised officers seemingly unable to cope with even basic policing techniques.

The Military Police Complaints Commission’s (MPCC) 1,008-page final report includes 46 recommenda­tions aimed at improving military policing, especially in “sudden death” cases.

Of three investigat­ions related to Langridge’s suicide, the commission says the first, in 2008, was conducted without any plan or direction and the second, in 2009, without a clear understand­ing of what was being investigat­ed.

The third, in 2010, was supposed to investigat­e allegation­s by Langridge’s parents, Sheila and Shaun Fynes, that the military had been negligent in its treatment of the late veteran, but the military police exonerated Langridge’s chain of command without actually conducting the investigat­ion.

Military police commanders at the Office of the Provost Marshal have rejected or ignored all but a few of the recommenda­tions in the three-volume report and last week attempted to keep their responses secret, prompting a political and public relations backlash.

In a reversal Tuesday, Provost Marshal Rob Delaney issued a statement praising the commission and its report.

“We welcome this report and will carefully review the MPCC’s findings and recommenda­tions accordingl­y,” he said. “I would like to also offer my sincere apologies to Mr. and Mrs. Fynes.”

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