Soldier charged with murdering Taliban fighter

Canadian army captain faces court martial next month

A Canadian army captain will face a court martial next month on charges he killed a severely-wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan last year. Captain Robert Semrau is accused of second degree murder and is the first-ever Canadian soldier to be prosecuted for the alleged homicide of an enemy fighter. Semrau allegedly shot the sole Taliban survivor of a three-day firefight with Canadian and Afghan forces in December 2008 after it was determined his injuries couldn’t be treated on the battlefield. The proceedings against Semrau are scheduled to begin Jan. 25 in Gatineau, Que.

The Globe and Mail

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