Iraqi Officials Want ‘Justice’ For Haditha Killings
Friday, January 27, 2012
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.
SAN DIEGO 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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