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Mental health tests for US suspect

The lawyer for the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians has said the military is planning to conduct a comprehensive mental health evaluation of his client.

John Henry Browne said at a news conference that officials would probably travel to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to conduct the assessment of his client, Staff Sgt Robert Bales.

Mr Browne said the military initiated the evaluation and that it will take place within the next two months. He said it will probably delay the overall legal process involving Bales.

Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The military said he left his base in southern Afghanistan and went on a shooting rampage through two villages on March 11.


From Belfast Telegraph