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Deaths of Afghan Prisoners Homicides -US Military

The U.S. military said on Thursday the deaths of two prisoners in custody at its Afghan headquarters in December had been listed as homicides, and it was investigating whether criminal charges would be brought. Colonel Roger King, spokesman at the headquarters at Bagram Air Base, said death certificates filled out based on the preliminary autopsies had listed homicide as the cause of death. But King said this did not mean the deaths were the result of criminal acts by U.S. personnel. “It is still not a legal definition of homicide. It still doesn’t mean it is necessarily a criminal act. Criminal homicide is dependent upon intent, the investigation will find out. “Whether it results in a criminal charge, I don’t know, and that would be the subject of the investigation.” The detention center at Bagram is used to interrogate captured Taliban and al Qaeda suspects. Full Story

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