Ethics Watchdog Considers Request to Revisit Probe into Sajjan over Detainee Abuse Inquiry

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Parliament's ethics watchdog is considering whether to revisit her earlier decision not to investigate Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for a possible conflict of interest violation related to alleged Afghan detainee abuse.

Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson revealed her position in a written response to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who on Tuesday had asked the watchdog to reconsider her decision not to investigate Sajjan.

"I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated May 2, 2017," Dawson said in the letter. "Please note that I am reviewing your request."

Jordan Owens, a spokesperson for Sajjan, said "Minister Sajjan is happy to meet with any officer of Parliament at any time."

The alleged Afghan detainee abuse, and how it relates to Sajjan, has been an issue for the past year, but has roots much farther back than that.