U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee: EU court

February 26, 2015 11:45 AM

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U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee: EU court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes, Europe's highest court said on Thursday.

The European Court of Justice added that even if Andre Shepherd could prove war crimes were very likely to have been committed, he would still have to show he had no alternative to desertion, such as becoming a conscientious objector.

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