Afghanis to be compensated over deaths

Paul Osborne
·1-min read

Afghanis impacted by the unlawful killing of family members at the hands of Australian soldiers will be compensated.

A report by Justice Paul Brereton which found 39 Afghan nationals had been unlawfully killed has recommended Australia compensate the families "without awaiting for establishment of criminal liability".

"This will be an important step in rehabilitating Australia's international reputation, in particular with Afghanistan, and it is simply the right thing to do," the report said.

Australia's defence chief Angus Campbell told reporters he was sincerely sorry for the loss, pain and suffering of the families and pledged to compensate them.

"We will seek to develop (the compensation plan) with the other parts of government involved and, indeed, engaging with the Afghan government as quickly as possible," he said.

"But it needs to be done correctly and it needs to be done in a way that allows and creates the effect that we are seeking, which would be to support those families."