The cabinet is still investigating whether there were any indications that the Netherlands was aware of serious crimes committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. Minister Stef Blok (Foreign Affairs) said this in the Lower House on Thursday.
Research has shown that Australian elite forces illegally killed 39 people in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. Among others, captured Afghans were shot as a form of hazing. That was possible because of a diseased culture, according to Australia’s highest-ranking soldier.
Dutch soldiers have cooperated with the Australians in Uruzgan. Most of the incidents would have taken place there. It is also being talked to people who were involved in the broadcast at the time, he said.
Because parliamentary questions have also been asked about the issue, the minister did not want to go into it further. For the Australian investigation, discussions were also held with various Dutch soldiers. The Australian investigation found no indications of Dutch involvement in the abuses.