Case of soldier charged in fatal shooting of militant adjourns to Saturday

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The court martial of Capt. Robert Semrau, charged in the shooting death of an Afghan militant, has been adjourned to Saturday.

Today’s proceedings at Kandahar Airfield dealt with procedural matters, which are the subject of a publication ban.

The first witness scheduled to testify is an interpreter nicknamed Max, who was at the scene of the alleged shooting.

Semrau has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the October 2008 fatal shooting of an injured insurgent in Helmand province, west of Kandahar.

The prosecution has said Max will testify that he heard two distinct shots and turned around in time to see Semrau firing the second shot, the barrel of his assault rifle pointed at the wounded man.

The defence has not put forth its case as it’s not obliged to, according to court martial rules.

Geographic location: KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Helmand

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