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Friday, October 26, 2007

Soldier charged in Afghanistan shooting described in MD's controversial article

After a seven-month-long investigation, the Canadian military yesterday in the shooting death of Cpl Kevin Megeney (right) in his tent at the Kandahar Airfield NATO base in Afghanistan on March 6. Cpl Matthew Wilcox, 22, another Nova Scotia reservist (pictured below right), is charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, and negligent performance of duty. "Based on all evidence collected, ballistic and forensic analysis completed by the CFNIS, Cpl Megeney was killed by gun fire originating from a weapon allegedly held by Cpl Wilcox," reads the Canadian Forces news release. Cpl Wilcox's case will be heard in a court martial. (Read the numerous news stories on the latest charges .)

The Megeney investigation is connected to that is still ongoing, into BC physician and writer Dr Kevin Patterson. Dr Patterson, whose latest novel Consumption has received international praise following its 2006 Canadian release and 2007 American release, was initially under criminal investigation for publishing an in US magazine Mother Jones detailing his treatment of Cpl Megeney. That investigation was , but a Health Services Branch ethics investigation continues.

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