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Ex-US guards sentenced over Iraq killings

Former Blackwater Worldwide security guards, Paul Slough, right and Nick Slatten leave federal court in Salt Lake City in 2008. Slatten has received a life sentence and Slough 30 years in prison for their roles in the 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians. Photo AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Former Blackwater Worldwide security guards, Paul Slough, right and Nick Slatten leave federal court in Salt Lake City in 2008. Slatten has received a life sentence and Slough 30 years in prison for their roles in the 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians. Photo AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Washington, AFP – One former Blackwater guard has been sentenced to life in prison and three others have received 30-year sentences for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Iraq that left at least 14 civilians dead.

The four ex-employees of the US private security firm were convicted last October on an array of charges ranging from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter stemming from the incident in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Three of the guards – Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty and Paul Slough were given 30-year sentences as the result of firearm convictions.

The fourth, Nicholas Slatten, received a life sentence after being found guilty of first-degree murder.

The men were charged in the deaths of 14 Iraqis at Nisoor Square, a crowded traffic circle in downtown Baghdad.

The killings caused an international uproar, and the men were convicted in October.

According to earlier reports, the firearms convictions alone carry mandatory minimum sentences of 30 years in prison.

But the government sought sentences far beyond that, partly because they say the men have never shown remorse or accepted responsibility.


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