March 14th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Afghan shooting suspect flown out of country

Update:

The U.S. soldier alleged to have killed 16 Afghans in a weekend shooting rampage has been flown to Kuwait, a defense official tells Barbara Starr.

Earlier, Chris Lawrence reported that one reason the soldier was flown out of Afghanistan was because U.S. military did not have the proper facility to hold the soldier for "longer than he is being held."

Kuwait has the military legal infrastructure and personnel to deal with the soldier, Barbara Starr reports.

By Sara Sidner and Chris Lawrence

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan, the NATO command in Kabul said Wednesday.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby said the decision by General Allen to move the suspect out of the country was based on "legal recommendation by advisers."  In addition, the U.S. military did not have a "proper facility" in Afghanistan to hold the soldier for "longer than he is being held," Kirby explained.

Neither ISAF or the Pentagon would give a location of where the soldier was flown.

The move could anger Afghans who have demanded a public trial for the soldier. It comes as Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul for meetings with the Afghan government.

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