Angry Afghan Prober Barred From Questioning Bales

'I just wanted to ask him why he did it,' says official

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 5, 2012 4:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Afghan investigative chief is frustrated he was not allowed to question the US serviceman charged in the shooting rampage that left 17 Afghan men, women, and children dead. General Sher Mohammed Karimi said he was never allowed to speak to Staff Sergeant Robert Bales before he was whisked off to the US for trial there, reports CBS. "This is all I wanted, to be able to just ask him who you are, why you did it, and what were the weapons that you used, what was the reason for killing children and women?" Karimi noted. He said US military officials explained that Americans accused of a crime are allowed to have a lawyer and have the option of not talking to anyone else. That explanation "is not convincing to my people," said Karimi.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has been charged in the US with the murder of 17 Afghan civilians.   (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File)
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