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US soldier found guilty in Iraqi killings

A military court has found a US soldier guilty of premeditated murder in the killings of four blindfolded Iraqi prisoners in 2007, a US Army spokesman said.

world Updated: Feb 21, 2009 21:07 IST

A military court has found a US soldier guilty of premeditated murder in the killings of four blindfolded Iraqi prisoners in 2007, a US Army spokesman said.

"A military panel just returned findings of guilty to premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder against
Sergeant (Michael) Leahy," Lieutenant Colonel George Wright told AFP on Friday.

"The panel has moved to the sentencing phase," he said of the military court in Vilseck, southern Germany.

Leahy, one of four soldiers charged in the brutal killings, faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

US media have reported that the group killed four handcuffed and blindfolded Iraqi prisoners with pistol shots to the head beside a Baghdad canal.