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CID Report (Death): 0300-04-CID919-82240-5H1A/5M2/5Y2E; Unknown Iraqi Male, Balad, Iraq, October 29, 2004 ("Homicide")

May 27, 2005 | CID | ACLU-RDI 5485
A CID prosecution of a Sergeant First Class (SFC) for the murder of Iraqi civilian, Salih Taher Khaleefa, and the maltreatment of an unidentified Iraqi juvenile. The investigation found that the SFC "shot and killed Mr. Khaleefa without provocation and while Mr. Khaleefa was bound with his hands behind his back." The investigation also determined that the SFC "held a gun against an unknown [Iraqi] male juvenile's head and forced him to hold a smoke grenade, from which the SFC removed the safety pin, while being interrogated." The SFCt was convicted of murder and maltreatment, and sentenced to 8 years confinement, demotion from E-7 to E-1, and dishonorable discharge. Additionally, the investigation found another soldier was culpable for making false statements about the incident, but no action was taken.