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Iraqi Officials Want ‘Justice’ For Haditha Killings

Aired 1/27/12 on KPBS News.

Iraqi officials are promising to take legal action to correct what they say is an injustice in the deaths of 24 Haditha civilians killed by U-S Marines from Camp Pendleton seven years ago.

— Iraqi officials made the promise to pursue justice after the last Camp Pendleton Marine facing charges in the case reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wueterich pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty, was demoted to private and will pay a fine. He will not serve jail time.

Wueterich ordered his squad to storm several Iraqi homes after a roadside bomb killed a fellow Marine in 2005. Women and children died as a result. He apologized for the loss of life, but maintained he acted honorably.

The Associated Press says Iraqi official Ali Al-Moussawi promised to seek justice in the case, after calling it a big crime against civilians.

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