A court martial has found US soldier Calvin Gibbs guilty over allegations that he was part of a ‘kill team’ that slaughtered Afghan civilians. Gibbs is the highest-ranking of five soldiers accused of involvement with the activities.
Gibbs was court martialled at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Seattle. He allegedly acknowledged keeping severed fingers of victims as trophies, but insisted that he believed that all the civilians had died during the course of legitimate military operations.
Prosecutors alleged, however, that Gibbs and his co-defendants dropped weapons by the bodies in an attempt to make it look as if they had died in battle. Earlier this year, the US Army issued an apology over the incident following the publication of gruesome photos by Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper.