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Retired senior police officer Nick Kaldas among candidates to lead royal commission into Defence and veteran suicide

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Nick Kaldas surrounded by media microphones.

A retired senior police officer who has investigated war crimes is among several names being considered by the federal government to lead a long-awaited royal commission into veteran and Defence suicides.

The ABC has learnt a list of candidates has recently been distributed by the Prime Minister’s office to relevant ministers for feedback, ahead of a formal announcement that could come as soon as this month.

Among the possible male and female royal commissioners is former New South Wales deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas, who in 2016 led the UN’s investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.

The former top ranking police officer, who left the New South Wales force after 34 years of service, did not respond to the ABC’s request for comment.

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