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Two soldiers sentenced for killing female interpreter

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posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 11:11 PM
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washingtonpost.com

BAGHDAD, Jan. 22 -- Two U.S. soldiers were sentenced to prison terms Saturday for the shooting death of an Iraqi interpreter in November at an army base in Baghdad.

One of the soldiers said that he and his colleague had been "joking and horseplaying" with the translator when the trigger was pulled on a pistol pointed at her head. The soldiers said they did not realize the gun was loaded.

Spec. Charley L. Hooser, 28, of Midland, Tex., received a three-year term for involuntary manslaughter and filing a false report. Spec. Rami M. Dajani, 24, a Palestinian who attended school in the United States and served as an interpreter, was sentenced to 18 months for being an accessory after the fact and for filing a false report. Both men were ordered demoted to the rank of private and dishonorably discharged.


The family of the 28 year old woman, who was the mother of a six year old girl, recieved $25,000 in compensation for her death.

The men say that they were just playing around and didn't realize the gun was loaded but shouldn't soldiers, of all people, be familiar with gun safety?

You don't point guns at someones head and pull the trigger even if you think it's unloaded.

[edit on 23-1-2005 by AceOfBase]




posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 11:21 PM
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3 years and 18 months respectively for killing a woman and depriving a child of her mother.

And they call that justice ?



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 01:49 AM
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Originally posted by Pisky
3 years and 18 months respectively for killing a woman and depriving a child of her mother.

And they call that justice ?


no,
that is called WAR,
and i belive there is no justice in war today.
just buseniss.


"...the soldiers said they didnt realize the gun was loaded..."
hmmm, well they did pass the rifle training? i guess they should KNOW when a gun is loaded and ready to use, and when its safe "to play with".
i dont buy that.
but then again accidents happen.
strange how in "war accidents", the innocent civilians get hurt.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 01:55 AM
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Horseplaying with a loaded firearm? Sorry i just don't buy the Soldiers story here. The thing that really caught my attention was the filing a false report charges. They are trying to say that trained soldiers in a hostile combat zone don't know if their guns are loaded or not? Bologna. The poor girl probably knew something she shoudln't have, that or those guys did something to her they didn't want someone else knowing about, but there's no way IMO two well trained soldiers are going to horseplay by pointing a loaded fire arm at some woman's head. Din't know it was loaded... then lie about it on a report? Uh yeah....



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 08:27 AM
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That's what happens when you send a bunch of 17-21 year olds out to play with guns and give them permission to kill people.

We don't even trust them to DRINK and yet we trust them to have the good judgement over life and death.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 11:05 AM
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Originally posted by AceOfBase
One of the soldiers said that he and his colleague had been "joking and horseplaying" with the translator when the trigger was pulled on a pistol pointed at her head. The soldiers said they did not realize the gun was loaded.

Idiots.


The family of the 28 year old woman, who was the mother of a six year old girl, recieved $25,000 in compensation for her death.

Unacceptable.



The men say that they were just playing around and didn't realize the gun was loaded but shouldn't soldiers, of all people, be familiar with gun safety?

One was a specialist, the other a palestinian interpreter. Obviously, thats no excuse for being a moron. Doesn't take high level weapons training to know not to point a gun at someone and pull the trigger.


You don't point guns at someones head and pull the trigger even if you think it's unloaded.

Hell, most people don't even let little kids point toy guns that can't shoot anything at people. These guys were idiots.



posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 11:06 AM
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Originally posted by Jadette
We don't even trust them to DRINK and yet we trust them to have the good judgement over life and death.

They aren't expected to have good judgement, thats why they are used, because they will do what they are told. Not saying its a conspiracy, but I don't think too many would deny the fact.



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