Saturday, May 3, 2014

Military hid soldier's suicide report from his parents

Interim report into suicide of Edmonton’s Cpl. Stuart Langridge kept secret from parents
MAY 2, 2014

OTTAWA — The Military Police Complaints Commission issued its interim report Thursday into the suicide of Afghanistan veteran Cpl. Stuart Langridge, but only the Department of National Defence is allowed to see it.

Langridge’s mother and stepfather, Sheila and Shaun Fynes, are the complainants, but neither they nor their lawyer Michel Drapeau are legally entitled to see a copy of the interim document. They will get a copy of the final report, but only on the day it is released publicly.

The late soldier’s family is being “left out in the cold,” Drapeau said Thursday.

“It is the law, but it’s a bad law,” he said. “It’s offensive that they aren’t allowed to see a report about their son.”

The Fyneses brought 30 complaints against 13 members of the National Investigation Service (NIS), which is the military’s internal detective agency.

They said the initial NIS investigation into their son’s death was a whitewash intended to protect their son’s superiors at CFB Edmonton and that a second NIS probe into the original investigation was also biased.
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