25.6.06

US soldiers charged in another shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilian

JURIST - Paper Chase:

The US military announced Sunday that two US Pennsylvania National Guardsmen have been charged [MNF-Iraq press release] in connection with the February 15 shooting of an Iraqi civilian near a US military base at Ramadi west of Baghdad. Specialist Nathan B. Lynn has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, and is joined by Sergeant Milton Ortiz Jr on a charge of obstructing justice for allegedly conspiring with another soldier who put an AK-47 near the body of the man in an attempt to make him look like an insurgent.

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The charges are the latest in a spate of legal actions and probes involving US servicemen for allegedly killing Iraqi civilians over the last few months. In mid-June, the US Army charged four soldiers for the deaths of Iraqi detainees in the northern Salahuddin province of Iraq. Last week seven Marines and a Navy corpsman were charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the April 26 death of an Iraqi man outside his home in Hamdania. Military investigations into the alleged killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by Marines in the city of Haditha in November, 2005 are ongoing.

A US military spokesman said Sunday that some 350 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed by US troops at checkpoints or on convoys last year.

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