A U.S. army captain charged with murdering an Iraqi appeared before a military hearing in Germany on Wednesday in the first murder investigation of an American soldier since the Iraq invasion.

Captain Rogelio Maynulet, who told Reuters after his court appearance that he was confident of clearing his name, is being investigated following an incident involving a car chase with suspected militia of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in May.

"During their pursuit, soldiers fired at the vehicle, wounding the driver and passenger. Shortly afterward the driver was shot and killed at close range," the army said in a statement.

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