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As expected, Marine 2nd Lt. Nathan P. Phan was charged today in connection with the alleged April 10 assault of three Iraqi civilians in Hamdaniya Iraq.

Phan, assigned to the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine regiment, 1st Marine Division, is the first commissioned officer to be charged in the alleged incident. Phan is accused of beating one Iraqi man, choking another and putting an unloaded service pistol into the mouth of a third “with a force likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm,” according to a information released by military officials.

Phan was also charged with filing a false official statement, a related press release stated. An Article 32 hearing, the military version of a grand jury hearing, will be set for a future date.

Earlier this month, six other Marines were charged with assault in connection with the same incident.

Three of those Marines are also accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the April 26 death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdaniya and are currently being held in the brig at Camp Pendleton. Phan and the others Marines accused of participating in the alleged assaults are free and currently performing various duties on the base.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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