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Thursday, August 18, 2005

US Army reservist found guilty in Afghan abuse case
Tom Henry at 8:04 AM ET

[JURIST] A US military jury on Wednesday convicted Pfc. Willie Brand of assault, maltreatment, false official swearing and maiming. Brand faces up to 16 years in military prison for beating one of two Afghan detainees who later died at Bagram Control Point [Global Security profile] near Kabul. The jury acquitted him of related charges involving the second prisoner. Brand was first charged in February 2005 for abuse of a 22-year-old prisoner [JURIST report] known as Dilawar [Wikipedia profile] who was beaten so severely he later died. Homicide charges were dropped earlier this year. Brand's sentencing hearing begins Thursday. AP has more.

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