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At long last we will get to see the Final Report. Here is a summary of the timelines:

Stuart Langridge's death took place in Edmonton on March 15, 2008. It .was investigated by the Military Police in three separate investigations. Complaints against the Military Police (MPCC] were made by his parents, Mr and Mrs Fynes to the Military Police Complaints Commissions (MPCC). Key dates are as follows:

• On January 10, 2011 the Fynes submitted their allegations to the MPCC
• On April 29, 2011 the MPCC decided to conduct a Public Interest Investigation.
• March 27, 2012 the MPCC Public Interest Hearings commenced. The public hearing took place over the course of 61 hearing days and heard evidence from 90 witnesses. Transcripts from the hearing totalled over 12,500 pages.
• January 9, 2013. Oral closing submissions were presented by the parties before the MPCC.
• May 1, 2014. The MPCC issued its Interim Report dated April 30, 2014.
• December 16, 2014.The MPCC received the Notice of Action from the Canadian Forces Provost Marshall.
• The MPCC Final Report will be issued on March 10, 2015 .

Report into Cpl. Stuart Langridge's suicide to be released next week

Chris Cobb More from Chris Cobb
Published on: March 3, 2015
Last Updated: March 3, 2015 1:55 PM EST


http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/report-into-cpl-stuart-langridges-suicide-to-be-released-next-week



The Military Police Complaints Commission will issue its long-awaited final report next week into the suicide of Bosnia and Afghanistan veteran Cpl. Stuart Langridge.

Langridge committed suicide at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on March 15, 2008, shortly before his 29th birthday.

His mother and stepfather, Sheila and Shaun Fynes, brought 30 complaints against 13 members of the military’s National Investigation Service.

They alleged NIS investigations into Langridge’s death were an incompetent whitewash designed to protect their son’s superiors at CFB Edmonton, whom they accuse of negligence.

There was widespread outrage when it was revealed that the military police had found Langridge’s simple, handwritten suicide note at the scene of his death but had kept it from his family for 14 months.

The NIS claimed the note was withheld because it was evidence, but one officer testified that rather than being processed properly, it had been locked away and essentially forgotten.

Sheila Fynes said her family was “emotionally devastated” when they learned that Langridge had left a suicide note that they had been prevented from seeing.

Langridge suffered from depression and abused alcohol and drugs – classic symptoms of what is now widely recognized as the post-traumatic stress disorder that has occurred among Afghanistan and Bosnian war veterans.

But despite their son’s multiple suicide attempts, the Fynes claim that Langridge was dismissed as a drunk and drug user by both his superiors and the NIS.

The commission hearing began in March 2012 and listened to a record 90 witnesses over numerous sessions, totalling 62 days. The hearings ended on Jan. 9, 2013.

In May last year, the Military Police Complaints Commission issued an interim report that contained its findings and recommendations. It was seen by then-minister of defence Rob Nicholson, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, the judge advocate general and the Canadian Forces provost marshal.

But according to the law governing the commission, the Fynes were not allowed to see the interim version.

Their lawyer, Michel Drapeau, accused the military establishment of throwing a cloak of secrecy over the interim report so it could “cherry pick” and institute cosmetic changes before the final version is released.

Drapeau, who failed in his attempt to get a copy of the interim report for the Fynes, said DND’s civilian deputy minister should be overseeing the department’s response to the commission’s interim report.

“Mr. and Mrs. Fynes are ordinary Canadian citizens who have brought their complaints to a civilian body,” he added. “This is an issue for civilian society, not the military.”

The report will be released next Tuesday.

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