Army officer faces court-martial over Iraqi drowning

[JURIST] The court-martial of Army 1st Lt. Jack Saville began Tuesday at Fort Hood over charges that he ordered an Iraqi man to be thrown into the Tigris River, where he drowned, after the man was detained during a December 2003 raid. Saville faces a reduced assault charge after agreeing to plead guilty Monday to charges involving two other Iraqis. He also agreed to give testimony against another officer. Saville pleaded guilty to two assault charges, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice for forcing two other Iraqis into a river for violating a curfew in January 2004. He faces up to nine years in prison for those charges and could receive an additional three years for the current charge. Saville has argued that he was given a list of names of Iraqis who "were not to come back alive" if found during the raids he was on. AP has more.

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