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27 Feb 2008


[DOC] Aegis statement regarding "Trophy video"

The alleged incident refers to a homemade, compilation video posted on the internet in October 2005 by a former, disgruntled contractor in a malicious attempt to discredit Aegis. The compilation video and the different incidents it portrayed were fully investigated by the US Army and by an independent Panel of Inquiry organized by Aegis. Both investigations confirmed that all of the circumstances, when seen in context, were within the approved and accepted Rules for the Use of Force, that no crime had been committed, and that there was no case to answer.

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