Monday, January 23, 2006

U.S. Army Officer Convicted in Death Of Iraqi Detainee

U.S. Army Officer Convicted in Death Of Iraqi Detainee: "That Welshofer was spared a murder conviction -- and a potential life sentence -- indicates that the jury believed Welshofer did not try kill Mowhoush, but that he should have known the tactic he used could lead to death. Mowhoush stopped breathing during the interrogation, and attempts to revive him failed. The negligent-homicide conviction could result in a maximum three-year prison sentence, and the negligent-dereliction-of-duty conviction an additional three months. Sentencing hearings are to begin today.
Maj. Tiernan Dolan, who prosecuted the case, said that the treatment Welshofer imposed on Mowhoush 'could fairly be described as torture' and that he 'treated that general worse than you would treat a dog,' knowing that he had an obligation to treat the detainee humanely, the AP reported."

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