Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia Sentenced to 1 Year For Desertion

[ This follows-up some earlier stories. –BL ]

24 May 2004 | DemocracyNow!

Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison Friday after a military jury convicted him on charges of desertion after he refused to return to fight in Iraq. Meija returned from Iraq in October on leave and then went into hiding. He gave himself up in March announcing that he didn’t want to fight in an “oil-driven war.” He also said that he witnessed the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

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