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US Master Sergeant John Hatley has gone on trial in a court martial on murder charges for what a prosecutor termed "execution-style" shootings of prisoners in Iraq.
Sgt Hatley, 40, is charged with premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice, according to an army statement before the start of the trial today.
He is the most senior of three US non-commissioned officers to be tried for killing four detainees who prosecutors and co-defendants have said were bound, blindfolded and shot in the head.