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Mistrial in US war protest case

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Mistrial in US war protest case


A mistrial has been declared in the court-martial of a US army officer who refused to go to Iraq. A military judge has ordered a new trial for Ehren Watada amid disagreement over the facts of the case. A new hearing is expected in just under five weeks time. The official charges are missing a military deployment to Iraq and two charges of conduct unbecoming of an officer.

He faces up to four years in prison and a dishonourable discharge. Watada has criticised the war in Iraq in public, prompting demonstrations in support of his stand. He maintains the war is morally wrong and a breach of American law.

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