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French Officers Convicted Over Deadly Initiation Ritual

France (Al Jazeera) – Soldiers handed suspended jail terms over death of cadet Jallal Hami, who fled Algeria’s civil war to make a new life in France.

A French court on Thursday gave suspended jail terms to three soldiers convicted over the drowning of a trainee officer during an initiation ritual at the country’s most prestigious military academy.

Jallal Hami, 24, drowned overnight on October 29, 2012, while crossing a swamp as part of an exercise meant to teach the Saint-Cyr officer school’s traditions to new recruits.

A total of seven soldiers, including a general, were tried for manslaughter.

A court in Rennes, a city in France’s western Brittany region near the Saint-Cyr academy, sentenced an army captain, a commanding officer and a soldier who has since left the military to suspended terms of between six and eight months.

Four other defendants, including the general who was in charge of training at Saint-Cyr at the time, were cleared of the charges.

Hami’s brother Rachid, who had accused the second-year students behind the hazing ritual of running amok, reacted angrily to the verdict.

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