Ex-CIA contractor David Passaro to stand trial in Afghan beating
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) --
David Passaro is the first civilian charged with mistreating a detainee during the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He'll be tried in federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Passaro isn't charged with the detainee's death. Instead, the North Carolina native faces two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault resulting in serious injury. If convicted, he could get up to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors say the USA Patriot Act allows the government to charge U.S. nationals with crimes committed on land or facilities designated for use by the U.S. government.
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