US soldier faces court martial

An Indiana National Guard soldier accused of murdering an Iraqi police officer will be court-martialled, the US army announced.

    The accused received a medal on return from Iraq duty last year

    Corporal Dustin Berg, 21, is accused of killing Husain Kamil Hadi Dawud al-Dubaidi south of Baghdad in November 2003, then shooting himself.

    Berg received a medal for wounds sustained in the incident.

    The US army made the announcement on Friday.

    An investigator testified during an Article 32 hearing last month that Berg changed his story a number of times before admitting he killed the police officer.

    Special agent Clarence Joubert of the US Army Criminal Investigative Division said Berg initially said he was shot by a man in a red turban and white shirt.

    Berg's attorney said at the hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing, that his client acted in self-defence.

    False testimony

    Major-General Terry Tucker, the commanding general at Fort Knox, determined that sufficient evidence exists for the case to move forward, public-affairs officer Connie Shaffery said.

    A date for the court-martial has not been set.

    Berg is charged with murder, false swearing and the wearing of an unauthoris
    ed award.

    Berg received a medal during a ceremony in February 2004, the month he returned home from Iraq.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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