US marine convicted in Iraq murder

He faces life sentence for conspiring to kill a retired Iraqi policeman.

    Thomas had initially pleaded guilty but
    later withdrew that plea [EPA]

    His lawyer said Thomas was only following orders and he blamed repeated bomb blasts for impairing his judgment.

     

    Thomas faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to his lawyer, Victor Kelley.

     

    He was also convicted of kidnapping but acquitted of premeditated murder, making a false statement and housebreaking.

     

    Prosecutors said that during a night-time patrol on April 26, 2006, Thomas's squad hatched a plan to kidnap and kill a suspected insurgent from his house in the town in al-Anbar province.

     

    When they could not find him, they kidnapped Awad who lived nearby, instead.

     

    Others accused in the case have testified that several squad members took Awad to a ditch and shot him to death.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.