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South African Pleads Guilty to Stabbing in Kandahar

Associated Press Metro-Ottawa March 12, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Army contractor from South Africa has pleaded guilty to assault for stabbing a British national last year at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. 

Forty-four-year-old Sean Brehm of Cape Town admitted that he stabbed the unidentified British man as part of a personal dispute on Nov. 25. The victim suffered cuts to his abdomen and underwent emergency surgery.

Brehm’s plea in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, comes shortly after he lost an appeal arguing that U.S. courts lacked jurisdiction over him.

Brehm was working as a travel supervisor for DynCorp, a Falls Church-based contractor. Defence lawyers said they believed it was the first time a foreign national contractor was prosecuted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives U.S. courts jurisdiction to prosecute certain crimes committed outside the United States.


April 12, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , ,

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