Jonathan Idema and Brent Bennett, free-lance Special-Ops agents with acknowledged ties to the Pentagon, have been convicted of illegally detaining and torturing prisoners in Afghanistan:
The three-judge panel sentenced accused ringleader Jonathan Idema, a former soldier with a past fraud conviction, and his right-hand man, Brent Bennett, to 10 years in jail. New York journalist Edward Caraballo received an eight-year term. Four Afghan accomplices were also convicted and sentenced to terms ranging from one to five years.
Presiding Judge Abdul Baset Bakhtyari issued the unanimous verdict after a 7 1/2-hour session in which the defense argued that the war-battered Afghan justice system did not guarantee basic rights.