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Ex-Blackwater guards seek sentencing delay; cite new info

Ex-Blackwater guards seek sentencing delay, cite new evidence favorable to their case

Ex-Blackwater guards seek sentencing delay; cite new info

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for four former Blackwater guards have asked a judge to postpone their sentencing. That's because of newly discovered evidence that they say is favorable to their case.

The guards are scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Washington after being found guilty in the shooting death of Iraqi civilians in 2007.

But lawyers filed an emergency motion Friday asking that sentencing be postponed.

They cite a new witness statement provided to them this week that they say contradicts the government's case about how the shooting started and calls into doubt the trial's result.

The statement comes from an Iraqi traffic policeman and was provided as part of a package of victim impact statements.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Updated : 2021-09-21 12:56 GMT+08:00