US Army jails soldier for role in Iraqi murders

19th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The court martial in Germany jails the soldier for seven months.

Berlin -- A US Army court martial in Germany jailed a soldier for seven months Thursday for conspiracy to murder in Iraq.

US soldiers allegedly killed four Iraqi prisoners in cold blood in March or April last year and dumped their bodies in a canal near Baghdad.

The prisoners, who were blindfolded and handcuffed, appeared to have ties to the Shiite al-Mahdi Army, according to US news reports.

Thursday's sentence on specialist Belmor Ramos, 23, was reduced because he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against six other accused at their later trial, the army said in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Ramos will also be dishonorably discharged, judges ruled at the 45-minute trial at a barracks in Vilseck in southern Germany.

The army charged the three main accused with murder on Tuesday this week. The latest announcement said six personnel apart from Ramos faced criminal charges in connection with the killings.

It named the additional three as staff sergeant Jess Cunningham, 27, sergeant Charles Quigley, 28, and specialist Stephen Ribordy, 25.

The men were in Iraq with the 18th Infantry Regiment of the US Army.


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