Court martial for Canada's former Afghan commander

Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:00pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A former commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan will face a court martial over allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a junior officer, the military said on Tuesday.

Brigadier-General Daniel Menard will be tried on two counts of breaking the military's fraternization rules and on four counts of obstructing justice, the Canadian Forces said in a press release.

Menard, who was stripped of his command duties in May, is alleged to have had an affair with a female officer under his command while he was leading the more than 2,000 troops Canada has in the southern Kandahar region.

A date for the court martial has not been set.

Menard's court martial is just one of several scandals that have hit the Canadian military in the past year.

The most high-profile was the October conviction of Russell Williams, the commander of the country's largest air base, for the murder of two women, as well as for a series of sexual assaults and burglaries.

(Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)