DEFENCE Force investigators mishandled the remains of dead Diggers and incorrectly placed three fallen troops in the lids of caskets.
A major investigation by The Courier-Mail has also found that the remains of alleged Afghan insurgents who died in Australian custody were lost, deaths in custody were not investigated and crucial evidence was fabricated, lost or contaminated.
In one infamous case, which has become known as "Weekend at Bernie's" after the 1989 film, a local's body was sent out of the base at Tarin Kowt in a taxi.
"He was last seen going out the gate with his legs hanging out the taxi window," a whistleblower said.
Another body, named "Abdul Kaput" by Diggers, was transported to the local morgue in a Bushmaster, but returned to the base when the hospital refused to take it.
AUSTRALIA'S lead role in stumping up US$100 million per year for security forces in Afghanistan has
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