Afghan massacre victim takes stand, curses US gunman
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Afghan farmer shot during a massacre in Kandahar Province last year took the witness stand against the US soldier who attacked his village, cursing him before breaking down and pleading with the prosecutor not to ask him any more questions.
Testimony was expected to continue on Wednesday, a day after Haji Mohammad Naim appeared in a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the sentencing hearing of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in the slayings of 16 civilians killed during pre-dawn raids on two villages on March 11, 2012.
The hearing afforded some victims and relatives their first chance to confront Bales face-to-face.
With a thick gray beard, a turban and traditional Afghan dress, Haji Mohammad Naim testified in his native Pashto through an interpreter, speaking loudly and quickly and frequently waving a finger in the air. He pointed to where he was shot in the cheek and neck.