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US Marine guilty of killing Iraqi soldier

world Updated: Dec 14, 2007 03:16 IST
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A US Marine was on Thursday convicted of negligent homicide in the stabbing death of an Iraqi soldier during a fight when the two were on guard duty in Fallujah last year.

Lance Corporal Delano Holmes, 21, claimed during a court martial at the Marines base at Camp Pendleton that he killed Mutather Jasem Muhammed Hassin in self-defense after the Iraqi soldier refused to put out a cigarette.

The Marine was said to have feared that the glow from the cigarette would reveal their position to insurgents.

Holmes was also convicted of making a false official statement. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison.