The Court of Appeal of U.S. forces quashed the conviction for a marine Lawrence Hutchins, who was convicted of kidnapping and killing of civilians in Iraq in 2006, reports on Thursday by the Associated Press.
Hutchins commanded a division in Iraq of eight people who were also involved in the case. According to investigators, the defendants after the assassination of the former Iraqi police put next to the body machine, to make a few shots of him. In the report they wrote that the man resisted arrest. Sam Hutchins was sentenced to 11 years in prison, but the rest of the defendants received as a punishment is not more than 1.5 years each.
In its ruling, the Court of Appeal agreed with the arguments Hutchins, who pointed to a gross violation of their constitutional rights during interrogation. So, he said, he spent a week in solitary confinement and was unable to communicate with his lawyer.
Hutchins lawyer said that the military will be released in the coming days.