Haji Samad Relatives Killed

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Haji Samad Relatives Killed, Relatives of Afghans killed in a shooting massacre demanded Friday a public trial in Afghanistan for a US soldier expected to be formally charged with 17 counts of murder.

US officials have said that Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will also be accused of six counts of assault and attempted murder.

He is said to have walked out of his base in the southern province of Kandahar earlier this month and mounted a massacre in two nearby villages, with many of his victims women and children.

The soldier is said to have burnt some of their bodies before returning to his base to surrender.

A senior US official in Kabul said Friday: “I think it’s pretty much been decided the case is going to be in the States.”

But the killings have put further strains on the already difficult relationship between Kabul and Washington, and relatives of the dead in Panjwai district insisted that Bales should go on trial in Afghanistan.

Haji Samad, an elder who lost 11 members of his extended family, said: “We want the prosecution of this American soldier in Afghanistan not in the US, because he committed the crime in Afghanistan.

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