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Portugal officers to be tried over commando training deaths

April 09, 2018 - 4:45 AM

LISBON, Portugal - A Portuguese judge has decided to put 19 members of the country's military on trial after two 20-year-old soldiers died during commando training.

Lawyers say the judge in Lisbon decided after initial hearings that there is sufficient evidence against the accused, who include eight officers, to put them on trial.

The charges include "a clear disregard" for the consequences of the training course, abuse of power, causing physical harm and failing to help someone in need.

The two soldiers died in September 2016 when temperatures in their training area exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Local media reported that the mother of one of the deceased attended Monday's court hearing dressed in her son's uniform.

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