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Five US military charged with misconduct in Colombia

ByREUTERS
April 15, 2012 00:52

WASHINGTON - Five members of the US military assigned to support the Secret Service during US President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia violated curfew and may have been involved in "inappropriate conduct," the US Southern Command said on Saturday.

One day after the US Secret Service said it had sent some agents home from Cartagena for allegations of misconduct - which Colombian police said involved prostitutes - the Southern Command said it was punishing military members involved in "inappropriate conduct" at the same hotel in which the agents had stayed.

Unlike the Secret Service personnel, the military members are still in Colombia but are confined to their quarters and not allowed to have contact with anyone, the statement said. They will return to the United States with the rest of the support group after the Summit of the Americas.

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