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The civil trial has opened of a former US marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees in the city of Falluja, in the first case of its kind.
Jose Luis Nazario, 28, denies charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault over the deaths of four Iraqis in 2004.
He is the first former US soldier no longer serving to be tried for crimes committed while on active duty.
The trial, in the state of California, will use a law designed to be used for prosecuting civilian contractors.