Kyle Brown (Canadian soldier)

Private Kyle Brown was a Canadian soldier implicated in the death in custody of Somali teenager Shidane Arone.

The Canadian supply depot in Somalia was being looted and Arone was suspected of being one of the looters. Master Corporal Clayton Matchee took a lead role in Arone's torture and murder. The teenager's screams were reported to have been heard throughout the camp. Matchee was taken into custody, tried to hang himself, but only succeeded in causing himself irreversible brain damage. Because of this he was deemed unfit to stand trial. Brown, who played a secondary role, was convicted of manslaughter, and was sentenced to four years imprisonment. He served one third of his five year sentence.

An official inquiry in 1997 considered whether mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug that troops were taking, known to trigger psychotic symptoms in sensitive individuals, played a role in Arone's abuse.


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