Report by JENIFERLAMUG
Investigators’ findings were finally unveiled on Saturday that American soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians had split the murder into two episodes, killing several people in his first attack before returning to his base then walked off to kill again, two American officials told the Associated Press.
Reportedly, documents released by US officials on Friday answered conflicting reports about Afghans contest that it is not just a lone soldier who had carried out the attack but a lot of them (US soldiers) were involved.
Army sergeant, Robert Bales was accused of slaughtering nine children and eight adults in a separate attack on March 11 near his base in Kandahar province and burned their bodies after.
Authorities said Bales first killed several people in Balandi village, southern Kandahar then returned to his base. He again slipped off from his base and killed people in Alkozai village, north of Panjwai’s district in Kandahar province.
However, it also raises new questions by Afghan people as to why said murder had not drawn any attention from American soldiers in the base when Bales had carried the attack.
Bales, 38, who is currently detained in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas was formally charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder with death as a maximum punishment and life sentence is the mandatory minimum punishment with a chance of parole as prosecutors have sufficient evidence that Bales had consciously conceived the killing, report says.
But attorney John Henry Browne who is handling the case of the alleged shooter told press that prosecutors will have hard time to prove it as “premeditated” murder, considering his client’s mental issue as a result of stress after a three tour duty in Iraq.