U.S. judge rejects ex-Blackwater guards request to postpone Iraq deaths sentencing

April 10, 2015 9:36 PM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Friday denied a last-minute request by four U.S. former Blackwater guards convicted in the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 to have their sentencing postponed, and said it will go ahead as planned on Monday.

Lawyers for the men on Friday morning filed an emergency motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking for more time to seek a new trial, contending that a key witness contradicted himself in evidence that came to light this week.

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