Two US soldiers charged with murder in Iraq

August 3rd, 2008 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Aug 3 (DPA) Two US soldiers have been charged with the murder of an Iraqi detainee, the US military in Iraq said here Sunday. Staff Sergeant Hal M. Warner and 1st Lieutenant Michael C. Behenna were charged Saturday with premeditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice.

“The charges followed a criminal investigation into the death of Ali Mansur Mohammed, a detainee initially believed to have been released by coalition forces on or about May 16,” the statement said.

A pretrial investigation for Warner is due to start on Aug 15 at a base near Tikrit while the date for Behenna’s pretrial investigation has not yet been set.

Another military statement said one US soldier was killed and another injured Saturday in a road accident north of Baghdad - the first troop fatality in August.

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