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Blackwater Five trial may be in Salt Lake

Five Blackwater Worldwide guards will surrender to FBI agents in Salt Lake City today for charges related to the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians including children in 2007. The five were indicted by a federal grand jury last week. Also this morning, CBS reports that the trial may take place in Salt Lake.

Reported on CBS.

(AP) The five Blackwater Worldwide guards indicted for a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting are all decorated military veterans who have served in some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots.

According to lawyers for the guards, the men are: Donald Ball, a former Marine from Valley City, Utah; Dustin Heard, a former Marine from Knoxville, Tenn.; Evan Liberty, a former Marine from Rochester, N.H.; Nick Slatten, a former Army sergeant from Sparta, Tenn.; and Paul Slough, an Army veteran from Keller, Texas. [snip]

Following the shooting, Blackwater became the subject of congressional hearings in Washington and insurgent propaganda videos in Iraq.

An Iraqi government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, said Baghdad welcomed any attempt to “hold the criminals accountable for their crime.”

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