Charges dropped


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Jul 7, 2004
Northeast US
New York Times
July 24, 2006

Charges Against Soldier Dropped

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 23 (AP) — The United States military has dismissed all charges against a National Guardsman accused of killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian near Ramadi, finding that the soldier had reason to believe the man had a weapon.

Specialist Nathan B. Lynn, 21, of South Williamsport, Pa., was accused of voluntary manslaughter and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of Gani Ahmed Zaben during a raid on Feb. 15.

Specialist Lynn will return to his unit soon, American military officials in Baghdad said Sunday.

Another soldier, Sgt. Milton Ortiz Jr., 36, of Islip, N.Y., still faces one count of obstructing justice.

He is accused of conspiring with another soldier to put an AK-47 near the Iraqi’s body.

An Article 32 — the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing — concluded last week.

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