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US Navy announces court-martial for sailor opposed to Iraq war

[JURIST] The US Navy announced Friday that a sailor who refused to report for duty in the Persian Gulf because of his opposition to the war in Iraq will face a special court-martial. Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Paredes faces criminal charges of absence without leave and missing the movement of a ship. Paredes was scheduled to depart for the Persian Gulf on the USS Bonhomme Richard on December 6. Paredes' attorney says the sailor has applied for contentious objector status [Department of Defense report]. AP has more.

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