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US soldier sentenced to 3 months, demoted in Afghan assault

[JURIST] A military policeman has pled guilty to assault and two counts of making a false statement in the 2002 beating death of an Afghan prisoner [Army press release]. In a plea bargain Spc. Brian E. Cammack also agreed to testify in other cases related to the deaths of two other prisoners. Cammack admitted to beating prisoner Mullah Habibullah on the legs after he claimed the prisoner spit on him. Habibullah later died of a pulmonary embolism, likely caused by a blood clot in his legs after the beating. Cammack, sentenced Friday at Fort Bliss in Texas, will be demoted to private, fined over $3,000 and given a bad-conduct discharge. AP has more.

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