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Lawyer for suspect in Afghan massacre says not much evidence

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 01:08

March 21 - The lawyer for the U.S. soldier suspected of massacring 16 Afghan civilians says there is little evidence of a crime. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The lawyer defending a U.S. soldier suspected of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan has said there was very little evidence of a crime and that his client had little memory of the alleged incident. John Henry Browne, who is representing U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, said: "There's no forensic evidence, there's no medical examiner's evidence, there's no evidence about how many alleged victims, of where those remains are. So it's fascinating from a defence lawyer's perspective. Prove it." Bales has yet to be charged in relation to the alleged massacre. An official from his home base near Tacoma, Washington, said that charges would probably be filed by the end of this week. Browne said Bales had little recollection of events. "He has some memories of what occurred that evening before the supposed incident, and he has some memories of what happened after the alleged incident but he really doesn't have memory of what happened between," Browne added. Bales is currently being held in solitary confinement at a military detention centre in Kansas.

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Lawyer for suspect in Afghan massacre says not much evidence

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 01:08