Thursday, January 8, 2009

Canadian soldier charged in killing of insurgent released

A Canadian soldier charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Taliban insurgent has been released from custody.

Military judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d'Auteuil on Wednesday ordered that Capt. Robert Semrau be allowed to rejoin his army unit at the eastern Ontario base in Petawawa and return home to the neighbouring city of Pembroke.

Both the defence and prosecution had recommended that course of action.

The judge said at the hearing in an improvised military courtroom on the base that Semrau did not pose a flight risk and did not need to be held in custody to prevent him from committing another offence.

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