Thursday, March 19, 2015

Poles' position on negligence resulting in casualties

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that:
A Polish military court convicted and gave suspended prison terms in the retrial of four former and current army officers in the deaths of six Afghan civilians in 2007.
The five-judge panel on Thursday found the four guilty of being lax about their orders when they aimed mortar and machine-gun fire on the village of Nangar Khel, while serving on a NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.
In a practice unfamiliar to U.S. military lawyers:
The four were acquitted in 2011, but the prosecutors appealed, insisting it was a war crime. It was the first time Poland's army held a war crimes trial.

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