Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, being held for alleged killing of 16 Afghan villagers earlier this month, will be tried in the United States, a military official told reporters in Afghanistan. Afghan officials had called for a public trial in Afghanistan. But after Bales was whisked out of the country last week to Kuwait, and finally to Kansas on Friday, it seemed highly improbable the the U.S. military was not going to be holding a trial in Afghanistan.
"We have not determined, we are doing some coordination to find out what the final venue will be, but the proceedings will take place somewhere in the United States." said the official, identified in a transcript released on Monday only as a "U.S. Forces Afghanistan Legal Expert."
The U.S. will also make payments to villagers for loss of life and property loss, the unnamed official said at the reporter roundtable in Kabul.
"There is discussion going on right now about the best way to make that compensation in coordination with local Afghan officials and with the families," the official said.