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UPDATED: 16:58, November 17, 2005
US army in Afghanistan refers alleged detainees' abusers to court-martial
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The US army in Afghanistan has referred the cases of its two soldiers for allegedly maltreating two Afghan detainees at their custody to court-martial, a press release said Thursday.

"After reviewing the article 32 report of investigation and receiving recommendations from the investigating officer, Combined Joint Task Force-76 Commanding General Army Major General Jason Kamiya referred charges against Army Sgt. Kevin D. Myricks and Army Spc. James R. Hayes today," the press released noted.

The two soldiers are facing multiple charges that include conspiracy of maltreatment, dereliction and duty, maltreatment of detainees and assault consummated by battery.

The two, according to reports, have badly beaten and punched two Afghan detainees at US troops custody in southern Uruzgan province last month.

"A date for the court-martial has not been set. The court- martial will be held at Bagram Airfield under the command of the Combined Joint Task Forces-76," it added.

At least two Afghans have died at the US military main detention center in Bagram, the headquarters of some 20,000-strong US-led coalition forces, 50 km north of Kabul since 2002, while the result of investigation has yet to be made public.

Some 400 Afghans on charge of having links with the Taliban and al-Qaida are said to be languishing in 23 US army detention centers in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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