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Former CIA Contractor Sentenced to 8 Years for Afghan Detainee Abuse

A U.S. court has sentenced a former CIA contractor to more than eight years in prison for assaulting an Afghan prisoner who later died.

The court in North Carolina sentenced David Passaro Tuesday to eight years and four months in jail for the assault of Afghan detainee Abdul Wali in 2003.

Prosecutors accused Passaro of beating the detainee during an interrogation at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. Wali died of his injuries two days after the incident.

U.S. officials said Wali was a suspect in frequent rocket attacks on the base.

Passaro is the first U.S. civilian to be charged with abusing a detainee during the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.