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UPDATE ~ Army flip-flops, says new death penalty rules not for terror detainees

[JURIST] A US Army spokesperson late Tuesday clarified the military position on the application of new military death penalty rules [JURIST document; JURIST report] to terror detainees, saying the rules would not apply to them and correcting a contrary statement made earlier Tuesday [JURIST report]. The spokesperson announced that the rules, which allow the army to decide the location of executions "imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized by the president of the United States," apply only to US soldiers. Any other application he dismissed as "speculation", insisting the previous statement was just "wrong." A further statement may be forthcoming Wednesday. The military, which has not executed a soldier since 1961, is thought to be considering the death penalty in the case of Army Pvt. Dwight Loving, who was convicted of the murders of two taxicab drivers in 1988. AFP has more.

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