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Army completes investigations of deaths at Bagram and forwards to respective commanders for action

October 14, 2004

The U. S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has completed and forwarded its reports of investigation in the deaths of two detainees under U. S. custody in Afghanistan in December 2002 to commanders for possible action against Soldiers deemed appropriate. The investigations began immediately following the deaths, which occurred at the Bagram Control Point, Bagram, Afghanistan, on December 4 and 10, 2002. These deaths have been the subject of several media reports, first reported in March 2003.

Among the potential offenses identified during the investigations are involuntary manslaughter, assault consummated by battery, maiming, maltreatment, dereliction of duty, and conspiracy.

These investigations identified 28 Soldiers with possible culpability in these two cases, meaning they may have committed one or more offenses punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. However, many of the 28 Soldiers may have lesser culpability. Commanders with the advice of their lawyers will consider the full range of appropriate administrative and disciplinary measures from taking no action to recommending trial by court-martial.

Each Soldier is presumed to be innocent unless proven otherwise.

For more information contact the Media Relations Division at (703) 692-2000.

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