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Murder charge dropped against US soldier accused in death of Iraqi general

[JURIST] US military prosecutors have dropped murder charges against Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams in connection with the 2003 suffocation [JURIST report] of Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush. In a plea deal with prosecutors Williams, one of three soldiers originally charged [JURIST report], agreed to testify against fellow accused Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. in exchange for not being expelled from the military. The Iraqi major general died while being interrogated by US forces. [Washington Post report; Article 32 military hearing transcript, PDF], supposedly with an electric cord; his death came two days after he was allegedly beaten by members of an Iraqi paramilitary group supported by the CIA. AP has more.

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