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US Soldier Convicted in Beating of Afghan Detainee


A U.S. soldier has been sentenced to four months detention without pay for mistreating an Afghan detainee at a base in southern Uruzgan province.

Military officials say the soldier, who was accused of beating the detainee, was convicted during a court martial on Friday. The soldier also was demoted after being found guilty of maltreatment and conspiracy to maltreat.

A second soldier accused in the incident is scheduled to face a court martial on Monday.

U.S. military personnel have been accused in other instances of Afghan prisoner abuse. But U.S. officials deny widespread mistreatment of those held in military custody.

Some information for this reoport provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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