29.7.06

US soldier says other troops murdered Iraqi detainees, orchestrated cover-up

JURIST - Paper Chase: US soldier says other troops murdered Iraqi detainees, orchestrated cover-up:

A US Army soldier has said that the deaths of three Iraqi detainees in Samarra on May 9 were deliberate murders covered-up by his squad of the Third Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division , according to Friday's New York Times. The Times obtained a sworn statement by Sgt. Lemuel Lemus given June 15, in which he admitted failing to stop his comrades from killing the detainees because he feared his fellow soldiers would label him a coward. Four men - Sergeant Raymond Girouard, Specialist William Hunsaker, Pfc. Corey Clagett and Specialist Juston Graber - have now been charged with premeditated murder in relation to the May 9 deaths, and await an Article 32 hearing next week.

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