US soldier accused of murdering Iraqi in pre-trial hearing

Uruknet – US soldier accused of murdering Iraqi in pre-trial hearing

A pre-trial hearing was held on Saturday for a US soldier charged with murdering an Iraqi detainee by shooting him and then burning him with an incendiary grenade, in the latest scandal to rock the military in Iraq…

The charges state that Warner and Behenna shot Mohammed on May 16 and set his body on fire in the back of a military vehicle by using a thermite grenade which burns fiercely but does not explode.The grenade was placed under Mohammed’s head.

The first witness, a local police officer, said Mohammed’s body was found in a tunnel under a bridge on May 17. The body was naked, partly burnt on the head and lying in a pool of blood, the officer said, adding that the body was still warm.

Corporal Cody Atkinson, one of the witnesses and part of Behenna’s battalion, said Behenna and Warner took Mohammed out of the vehicle and under a bridge before he was to be released.

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