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The family was led to believe the suspect would be brought to the U.S., but that never happened.

“He murdered three United States Marines and should be prosecuted by the United States in the United States for murdering those Americans,” Mr. Bowe said.

Mr. Bowe said the Marines initially said that medical tests showed the teenager was 18, meaning he would be tried as an adult and face the death penalty. Last May, he said, the family was shocked to learn that three Afghan doctors looked at X-rays and decided the suspect was under 18, a juvenile under local law.

“The first test established that the shooter was over 18, and this second test, which is based on the subjective judgment of three unknown Afghan doctors, is hardly a conclusive rebuttal of that initial finding,” Mr. Bowe wrote.

Last week, the family got the bad news. Ainuddin Khudairaham was tried as a minor in an Afghan courtroom, convicted and sentenced to seven years, six months — the maximum under local law — for the cold-blooded murder of three U.S. Marines. Witnesses have said he celebrated the killings, announcing he had done it for jihad.

The case is tied to Sarwar Jan, a notoriously corrupt Afghan police chief whose headquarters were located at FOB Delhi. He is known to have ties to the Taliban and a penchant for boys — not uncommon among Afghan men.

He arrived at the FOB two weeks before the shooting, setting off alarm bells. One officer there emailed Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler, a New York City firefighter who knew of Mr. Jan’s nefarious conduct during a previous deployment. As a heads-up, Maj. Brezler immediately sent the officer a classified report on Mr. Jan stored in his personal computer.

The Marine Corps almost immediately went after Maj. Brezler for mishandling secret materials. It sent him before a board of inquiry, as some senior officers and members of Congress came to his defense. The board, however, recommended he be discharged honorably.

One of Maj. Brezler’s supporters was Paul Davies, who worked on a civilian transition team in Afghanistan.

“It remains my firm belief that Sarwar Jan posed a real danger not only to the USMC and civilian personnel on FOB Delhi in late July, but also to the prospects of building the capacity of the Afghan police in Garmsir, and therefore the success of Transition overall,” Mr. Davies said in a statement to the board. “These fears we all shared in July [2012] were of course more than borne out by the events of 10th August.”

As reported by, Mr. Davies said in his letter that Marine commanders were shocked to learn Mr. Jan was coming to Delhi as the district’s new top cop.

He wrote that Mr. Jan “had behaved so badly in his previous incarnation in that role, in another district, that he had been removed by the Marines. Allegations against him included operating illegal checkpoints, extorting money, abducting and abusing children and supplying weapons and police uniforms to the enemy. In the light of the rash of ‘green on blues’ that was to hit Helmand in the summer of 2012, this last was of particular concern.”

The Buckleys wonder why no one acted on Maj. Brezler’s warning.

“They did nothing for two weeks, and the shooter was one of Sarwar Jan’s guys,” said the attorney, Mr. Bowe. “They then spent two years stonewalling the Buckleys and trying to run Brezler out of the Marines while not a single person was held responsible for the lapses that led to these murders.”

The Marine Corps tells a different story on some key issues, according to a statement provided to The Washington Times by Col. Sean D. Gibson, director of Marine Corps public affairs at the Pentagon.

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