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No court martial for ‘friendly fire’ pilot

By Archie McLean

The Edmonton widow of a Canadian soldier killed when an American fighter pilot mistakenly dropped a bomb in Afghanistan is upset that all criminal charges have been dropped against the him.

Maj. Harry Schmidt has accepted an offer to face a reprimand and a pay cut in exchange for the dismissal of four counts of dereliction of duty, the U.S. air force said Thursday.

That means Schmidt, 37, has opted for a so-called administrative punishment which could see him lose one month’s pay (about $5,600 US) and be put under house arrest for 30 days.

Read the original article at: The Edmonton Journal

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