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Iraqi Court Convicts Three for Planting Roadside Bomb

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2004 – A three-judge panel of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq tried and convicted three Iraqi men today for actions against coalition forces, Combined Joint Task Force 7 announced in a news release.

All three were sentenced to 10 years each in an Iraqi prison.

The men were detained near Balad Nov. 20 after being discovered by coalition forces in the act of burying a homemade bomb -- fashioned from 12 to 14 pounds of C-4 explosives in a coffee-can type of container -- alongside a road.

"The defendants were tried in an Iraqi court with a prosecutor and defense counsel," said Army Col. Dwight Warren, chief liaison officer to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. "This marks another step forward in the establishment of an independent Iraqi judiciary."

Warren said the soldiers' vigilance saved lives by ensuring the bomb never served its intended purpose. "Their apprehension of the three perpetrators will prevent these terrorists from attempting to murder other soldiers or civilians," he added.

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