US Army advises trial over suicide in Afghanistan

A US military hearing has recommended that a US soldier be court-martialled over abuse of a fellow infantryman.

Kabul: A US military hearing has recommended
that an American soldier be court-martialed over abuse that
led to a fellow infantryman`s suicide in southern Afghanistan.

Spc Ryan Offutt is one of eight soldiers charged in the
death of 19-year-old Pvt Danny Chen, who shot himself in a
guard tower three months into his tour in Afghanistan.

Chen`s relatives have said the New York City native was
teased during training because he was Chinese-American and was
subjected to brutal hazing in Afghanistan.

The US military said today that an army hearing has
recommended Offutt face court-martial on 11 charges, including
assault, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment. The
hearing ended yesterday.

The regional US military commander will make a final
decision on any court martial.


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