Monday, January 19, 2015

Life sentences for desertion in Kenya

Kenya has sentenced four soldiers to life imprisonment for deserting to join U.S. security firms in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008, according to this report:
The secretive trials from which the Press has been barred, involved 25 servicemen and an officer, accused of fleeing the military in wartime. 
The first serviceman to be brought to trial was charged with desertion, to which he pleaded guilty and was jailed for 18 months.
The other 25 suspects denied the charges, which were then amended to read that they deserted the forces during war time, which carries a maximum life sentence.

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