Friday 24 November 2017

US soldier admits Afghan massacre

Staff Sgt Robert Bales was charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in Afghanistan (AP/DVIDS)
Staff Sgt Robert Bales was charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in Afghanistan (AP/DVIDS)

A military judge has accepted an American soldier's guilty plea in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year.

Staff Sgt Robert Bales pleaded guilty to multiple counts of murder at a hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle.

The judge, Col Jeffery Nance, later accepted the pleas, ensuring Bales will avoid the death penalty. A jury will decide in August whether Bales gets a sentence of life with or without the possibility of parole.

Bales was charged in the March 2012 attacks on two villages near the remote base in southern Afghanistan where he was posted.

Most of the victims were women and children, and some of the bodies were burned.

Press Association

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