U.S. Soldier In Afghan Massacre Could Get Death
23. March 2012
An American soldier who reportedly shot dead 17 people in southern Afghanistan could get the supreme penalty of death for his crime.
This developed after Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was formally charged with 17 counts of murder for shooting dead eight adults and nine children last March 11. According to reports, premeditated murder is a capital offence which carries a supreme penalty of death.
Based on court records, Bales walked off his base under cover of darkness and killed civilians in their homes in at least two different villages in Panjwai district in Kandahar province. The fatal shooting killed four men, four women and nine children.
With the filing of the cases, the family of the victims hoped justice can finally be served for the massacre. The filing of the case is a welcome news since it somewhat, diffuse the tension between Afghanistan and the United States. It can be recalled that the killing angered the Afghan government and its people who wanted to punish the person responsible for the bloody incident.