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U.S. Soldier Accused Of Afghan Killings To Meet Lawyer

March 19, 2012

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree in southern Afghanistan earlier this month is to meet his lawyer for the first time on March 19.

Thirty-eight-year-old Sergeant Robert Bales is being held in an isolated cell at a military prison in Kansas.

He has not been formally charged with the March 11 killings in Kandahar, which sparked outrage from the Afghan government and prompted an apology from President Barack Obama, as well as a promise of a full inquiry.

A spokeswoman for Leavenworth military prison where he is being held said Bales will meet privately with his lawyer, John Henry Browne -- one of the most prominent criminal lawyers in the United States.

Bales will also have at least one military lawyer.

With AP and dpa reports


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