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Trial begins in Luxembourg soldier's death
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Trial begins in Luxembourg soldier's death

08.12.2014 From our online archive
A Luxembourg soldier is going on trial for involuntary manslaughter, after his 22-year-old comrade was shot dead on November 5, 2012.

(CS/str) A Luxembourg soldier is going on trial for involuntary manslaughter, after his 22-year-old comrade was shot dead on November 5, 2012.

Laurent T. was shot in the stomach at a military depot in Waldhof and died of injuries just over two years ago. Laurent was on duty guarding the depot with two other soldiers, who were arrested after the incident.

While the two young men claimed only to have heard and not seen the shot, they were treated as suspects in the case after suicide was ruled out.

It emerged that one of the soldiers, David B., was involved in the incident. He was charged with murder, manslaughter or involuntary bodily injury resulting in death. The other soldier, who was outside the guard house at the time of the incident, was let go.

The defendant appealed and charges were reduced to involuntary manslaughter due to insufficient evidence to support murder or manslaughter charges.

The circumstances of the shot being fired remain unclear. An accidental firing of the gun has been all but ruled out. Strict army regulations meanwhile should have prevented any shots from being fired in the guard house, with soldiers strictly forbidden to handle a loaded weapon inside.

An investigation revealed, however, that soldiers commonly carried a loaded weapon at all times. Should this be proven true, the trial could also have consequences for senior officials.

The trial is set for four days, beginning on Monday at 3pm. Three experts and 13 witnesses are expected to be been called.

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