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Afghanistan shooter is 'holding up'

John Henry Browne, who is defending Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, the US soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians, says the Afghanistan authorities are not helping his team in their investigations.

When asked about the Staff Seargant, Browne said he was holding up.

He's holding up. He's seeing a chaplain and the military custodial people are treating him well. Not specially in a good way and not specially in a bad way. So he is being treated well

– Srgt Robert Bales' lawyer John Henry Browne

Relatives of victims in Afghan shooting spree paid $900K by US military

US authorities have given cash compensation to the families of Afghans killed in a shooting allegedly carried out by the American soldier Srgt Robert Bales.

The families received around $50,000 for each person killed and about $10,000 for each wounded in the shootings in two villages in Panjwai district earlier this month.

Details of the compensation were given by a family member of one of the people killed.

An ISAF spokesman said he was in not in a position to either confirm or deny whether compensation was given, and if so how much.

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US soldier could face death penalty

Staff Sgt Robert Bales may face the death penalty if found guilty of charges relating to an alleged shooting spree in Afghanistan on March 11th. A US Army statement read:

The maximum possible punishment for a premeditated murder conviction is a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, total forfeiture of pay and allowances, and death (with a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for life with eligibility for parole).

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