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Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by AirAssault, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. AirAssault

    AirAssault Übermensch

    Feb 2, 2006
    Army charges 3 GIs with murder in Iraq 1 hour, 1 minute ago

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. Army has charged three soldiers in connection with the deaths of three Iraqis who were in military custody in northern Iraq last month, the military said Monday.

    The Multinational Corps-Iraq said three members of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have been charged in connection with the deaths of three male detainees during an operation near Thar Thar Canal in northern Salahuddin province on May 9.

    "A noncommissioned officer and two soldiers each have been charged with violating several articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat, and obstructing justice," an announcement said.

    It added that "on the day the alleged murders occurred, the unit commander ordered an inquiry to determine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the three detainees."

    It said that a criminal investigation began May 17 and was ongoing.

    "The soldiers are currently in pre-trial confinement awaiting an Article 32 hearing to determine if sufficient evidence exists for the case to be referred to court-martial," the announcement said

    Once charged, defendants have the right to an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation.

    Last week, the Army said it had opened a criminal investigation into the suspicious deaths of three men in military custody in Iraq.

    The investigation was requested by Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of multinational forces in Iraq, who acted after other soldiers raised suspicions about the deaths.
  2. RENEA

    RENEA Black Rifle guy

    Mar 9, 2005
    At this rate we'll have all of our troops in prison before the insurgency is destroyed. :freak:

  3. Hal9mm


    Jun 9, 2002
  4. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six Rainwatcher

    Jan 26, 2006
    The only problem with that sentiment is that is ignores the hundreds of thousands who are serving honorably, under orders, according to regulations.

    I thought Americans learned that lesson by 1975.
  5. MSW


    Oct 15, 2005
    Let's keep in mind this ex-GI is innoncent until proven guilty.

    That said, if he is found guilty, he'd better hope the U.S. Government handles his sentence instead of the government of Iraq.

    With his case being handled in the federal court system, as opposed to a General Court Martial, he will have a tough go of it. He will be appointed a federal public defender who may or may not have any experience with the military.

    If this guy is convicted he deserves the ultimate punishment.

    Killing kids who are non-combatants or for that matter anyone who is a non combatant is morally wrong.