Charges dropped against US Army officer in Afghan prisoner abuse case

Charges dropped against US Army officer in Afghan prisoner abuse case

[JURIST] The US Army has dropped charges against Capt. Christopher Beiring, the Army officer implicated in the death of two terror detainees [Army press release; JURIST report] at the US-run Bagram detention facility in Afghanistan [Global Security profile], due to insufficient evidence. Beiring was charged [JURIST report] in September with dereliction of duty and making a false statement and it was alleged that Beiring failed to properly train military police under his command. The Army held an Article 32 hearing [JURIST report; JAG backgrounder] in December to determine whether Beiring should face a court martial, but found that there was insufficient evidence to proceed. Instead, Beiring has received a letter of reprimand faulting him for a lack of leadership. Ten soldiers who served under Beiring have faced criminal charges, but charges against two were dropped and three were acquitted [JURIST report]. Three others were convicted [JURIST report] or pleaded guilty [JURIST report] and two are pending trials. AFP has more.