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CIA Contractor On Trial Over Afghan Abuses

Afghan detainees released from Bagram Airfield this June (epa) August 8, 2006 -- Prosecutors in the trial of the first U.S. civilian to be charged with abusing detainees in Iraq or Afghanistan say the CIA contractor beat an Afghan prisoner so badly that he pleaded for guards to kill him.

David Passaro, whose trial began on August 7 in North Carolina, is charged with four counts of assault leading to the death Abdul Wali at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in June 2003.

(Reuters, AP)

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