SA man admits to Afghanistan stabbing

2011-04-13 07:12

Virginia – An army contractor from South Africa has pleaded guilty to assault for stabbing a British national at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan last year.

Sean Brehm (44) of Cape Town admitted that he stabbed the unidentified British man as part of a personal dispute on November 25.

The victim suffered cuts to his abdomen and underwent emergency surgery.

Brehm’s plea in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, comes shortly after he lost an appeal arguing that US courts lacked jurisdiction over him.

Brehm was working as a travel supervisor for DynCorp, a Falls Church-based contractor.

Defence lawyers said they believed it was the first time a foreign national contractor was prosecuted under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which gives US courts jurisdiction to prosecute certain crimes committed outside the United States.

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