Report: Jail term for US soldier

A US soldier has been sentenced to three years in prison and discharged from service for shooting to death a handcuffed Iraqi, a US newspaper reported.

    The US soldier was found guilty of shooting an Iraqi to death

    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, a prominent Hawaiian newspaper, reported that a military court martial on Thursday found Pfc Edward Richmond guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting Muhammad Husain Kadir in the back of the head on 28 February.

    Richmond is a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment – a unit of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Team which went to Iraq in January for a year-long deployment.

    Witnesses narrated before the panel of five officers how Richmond had killed Kadir.

    Sgt Jeffrey Waruch said Kadir was detained during a raid on his village following instructions from army higher-ups. He stumbled as he was being led away and that's when Richmond shot him in the back of the head, the paper said.

    Cold-blooded killing

    Another witness testified he had heard Richmond ask if he could shoot Kadir well before the instruction to detain him along with all males in the village was received.

    A third witness said he had previously heard Richmond talking about wanting to shoot an Iraqi.

    Richmond will be transported to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and from there he will be moved to a confinement facility to carry out his sentence, the paper added.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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