Polish Supreme Court OKs trial in Afghan deaths

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling and is allowing the trial of seven soldiers suspected in the deaths of eight Afghan civilians.

Last month a regional court rejected an indictment against the soldiers and said it lacked vital information.

But Supreme Court judge Marek Pietruszynski said Wednesday the material gathered is "complete enough" to open the trial. It was not immediately clear when the trial could start.

The Polish soldiers face charges of killing eight civilians when they fired at the Afghan village of Nangarkhel during a 2007 pursuit of Taliban insurgents.

Six of the defendants face life in prison if convicted of murder charges. A seventh faces five years for allegedly opening fire on a civilian target.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 35473664 - local8now.com/a?a=35473664
Gray Television, Inc.