Thursday, February 28, 2013

Karachi: Ministry of Defence refuses to declassify a complete audit

The Ministry of Defence has refused to declassify a complete security audit conducted after the attack in Karachi on 8 May 2002 requested by the judges of the investigation into the attack, according to a letter Tuesday consulted by AFP .

He followed the advice of the Advisory Committee on secret national defense (CCSDN) and explained the refusal by "threats and risks" weighing on French personnel currently present in Pakistan and because the non declassified "does not provide no useful information "to the investigation.

In 2010, CCSDN gave its green light to a partial declassification of the "security audit" conducted by the Action Group of the Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN) and back 9 October 2002 the government in view of the possible return staff of the DCN in Karachi. A request for transmission of the non-audit declassified by the judges of the investigation, the CCSDN issued a negative opinion in January, followed by the defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.


The non-audit declassified door "on elements whose disclosure because of threats and risks still on French nationals is likely to cause serious harm to the safety of personnel currently in Pakistan, the Ministry wrote in the letter consulted by AFP. Moreover, it does not provide useful information for forensic investigations, including with regard to the enlargement of the referral to possible breaches of security obligations. "

"It is completely inappropriate for the department, who should not have access to the file, to judge the legal interest of this piece," responded Gilles Sanson, wounded in the attack on 8 May 2002.

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