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Second US Soldier Convicted in Beating of Afghan Detainees


A U.S. military court in Afghanistan has sentenced an American soldier to six months confinement and a reduction in rank after finding him guilty of mistreating Afghan detainees.

Military officials say Sergeant Kevin Myricks was accused of punching detainees at a base in southern Uruzgan province. He was convicted during a court martial Monday at Bagram air base near Kabul.

Another U.S. soldier accused in the same incident was sentenced on Friday to four months detention without pay and demotion.

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 report was provided by AP and AFP.