In a Taliban bargain, a traitorous Afghan soldier who murdered three Australians is freed free.


AN AFGHAN soldier who brutally murdered three Australian soldiers has been freed in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, and now, Australian officials have no idea where he is.

The former Afghan National Army soldier, named as Sergeant Hekmatullah shot Lance Cpl. Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic, Pvt. Robert Poate and Sapper James Martin whilst they were relaxing in Australia’s main base in Tarik Kowt, back in 2012. The bloody attack wounded two others, and ended in the arrest of the rogue soldier in Pakistan following a six-month manhunt for the assailant.

However, the killer was released from house arrest in Qatar soon after Taliban forces swept across and claimed Afghanistan following the retreat of US and allied forces, according to a piece in The Australian.

Defence officials aware of the exchange did not release information of the exchange to the public, but did inform the relatives of the slain soldiers.

As part of the peace negotiations taking place between the US and the Taliban, around 5,000 prisoners have been released in the deal.

Sgt. Hekmatullah flew out of Doha, where initially he remained under house arrest, but has since been allowed free.

Adding to the pain of the families left behind, the current whereabouts of the killer is unknown.


An Australian government spokesman simply said: “His whereabouts cannot be verified.”

Feeling for the families involved, the spokesman went to say: “We share the sorrow of Australians at this outcome and again offer our condolences to the families and the loved ones of our three fallen soldiers.”

It does not leave assurances as to whether he will strike again. Following his arrest in Pakistan, he is alleged to have said he will kill again.

The whereabouts of six other high-risk prisoners also remains unclear following the transition of power between allied forces and the Taliban.

The widow of Lance Corporal Milosevic, Kelly Walton, claims that many of the questions she had surrounding the brutal murder of her husband has been left unanswered.

Further responses were also not given when Ms Walton asked whether the confessed killer was being monitored by agencies, or whether he had a passport to travel.

The father of Private Poate also stated that defence officials showed “General lack of transparency” over the case by not disclosing details to the public.

An Australian Senate committee will address officials on their knowledge of the. “Brinkwire Summary News”.


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