A military court-martial sentenced Air Force Maj. Gen. James G. Ketcham to five years in prison for lying about his conduct in the deadly 2010 incident.
The sentence was handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Thomas B. A. O’Donnell, who said Ketchan’s lies were “extremely serious” and “in direct violation of the oath of his office.”
The court-Martial also found that Ketchaman lied about his contacts with two members of the special forces who were killed in the attack.
Kaleem, 30, of Texas, was found guilty in February after a two-week trial.
The U.N. Security Council also condemned the “shocking and deplorable” attack on the U.K. Embassy in Kabul, and called on the government of Afghanistan to hold Ketchaem accountable for his actions.
Kekmets defense attorney, John E. Kavanagh, said Kaleebos testimony at the hearing was not credible and did not satisfy the judge’s sentencing requirements.
“The court found that Gen. Kettle’s actions were reckless and egregious, and the court found he was not only a danger to the people of Afghanistan, but also to the lives of the United States military,” Kavanah said in a statement.
Kepley, a Marine, was charged with murder and assault for his part in the July 20, 2010, attack.
He was sentenced to life in prison.
The case has drawn international condemnation.
The Security Council has called for an independent inquiry into Keply’s conduct.
Keremets trial began after an anonymous email circulated to several military officers warning of the potential consequences of his actions and warning of a possible “suicide mission.”
Ketchams defense attorney also sought the military court’s ability to determine if he lied about being a member of the Special Forces.
He said he would have to prove that Kepleys actions were in violation of an oath he took as a Marine.
Kevanagh said the defense had also presented evidence that Kekman had not received any instructions from superiors about the attack or its aftermath.
Kemeny had initially been under investigation for violating his court-mandated retirement at the end of 2010, but was cleared by prosecutors.
The trial is the first time that a former Marine will face court-trial for crimes committed overseas, and is a first in U..
S.-led coalition military operations against al-Qaeda.
It comes as the Pentagon seeks to improve oversight of its military and police forces.
In a news conference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Air Force’s top military officer had “a lot to answer” for the incident.
He added that Kemenys actions were “disgusting and inexcusable.”
has carried out about 20,000 airstrikes against al Qaeda-linked militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen, and conducted more than 50,000 strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has taken advantage of the turmoil to seize large swaths of territory.
It has also been the focus of international criticism for its use of military force in the Middle East.
The Obama administration has been under pressure to overhaul the U to better meet the threat of al-Qaida.
In July, Hagel called on Congress to reauthorize the Afghanistan War Powers Act.