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U.S. military to seek criminal case against AP photographer detained in Iraq

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posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 07:32 PM
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U.S. military to seek criminal case against AP photographer detained in Iraq


www.nctimes.com

The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.

An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested the decision, calling the U.S. military plans a "sham of due process." The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.

Calls for his freedom (continued)...
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posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 07:32 PM
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Reports of this case and the photographers detention for 19 months just don't add up.

The tactics being used are of great concern to me also. A nation founded on freedom and democracy just doesn't allow their military to do things like this to people for no reason. There had better be something sinister this guy was involved in to justify this.

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[edit on 20-11-2007 by Icarus Rising]



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 07:59 PM
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What are you implying? He is an Iraqi national (born) and local who was hired by the AP to photograph and document the war in Iraq as it unfolded. He was captured by the US military due to his close relationship with Iraqi insurgents. He will be tried in an Iraqi court and will be afforded all the rights that system has to offer. Taking pictures as a freelance journalist does not grant immunity from prosecution in a conflict. Especially when your associates are fighting against the US military and Iraqi people.



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 08:36 PM
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If that is the case, then why doesn't the military just come out and say he is being charged with aiding the insurgency? Apparently, there was a suicide bombing near the guy and he gave safe haven to some fellow Iraqis. The US military also ended up in his home and accused some of the others with him of having connections to insurgents. He was caught up in the sweep, but charges are yet to be brought after 19 months of incarceration.

I am implying that the guy has been held for 19 months without being charged or tried, and without access to counsel or any sort of due process. I don't think its right.

What are you implying?



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 08:44 PM
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That this particular individual will be tried under Iraqi law and courts therefore receiving due process and council. The US Military will have to prove their case and therefore present its evidence when it is necessary. General curiosity on your part is not sufficient reason for the military to explain its case in public before it officially has to.



posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 08:53 PM
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Apparently, they have explained and retracted explanations several times in this case. How do you explain that? And what about 19 months incarceration without access to counsel or being charged with anything? How do you explain that?



Soon after Hussein was taken into custody, the AP appealed to the U.S. military to either release him or bring the case to trial -- saying there was no evidence to support his detention. However, Tomlin said that the military is now attempting to build a case based on "stale" evidence and testimony that has been discredited. He also noted that the U.S. military investigators who initially handled the case have left the country.

"This makes it impossible to put together a defense," said Gardephe, who is leading the defense team and plans to arrive in Baghdad next week. "At the moment, it looks like we can do little more than show up ... and try to put together a defense during the proceedings."




[edit on 20-11-2007 by Icarus Rising]



posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 05:23 PM
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Here's the latest on this story from the news on my homepage. Apparently, the USM's charges against this guy revolve around providing a fake ID to an insurgent sniper on the run, harboring an insurgent, taking photos of insurgent activity in situ, having access to bomb making materials, and having bomb residue on his clothes. The AP is challenging all these accusations.



One of the photos of insurgents in combat _ taken in Fallujah on Nov. 8, 2004 _ was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning submission by the AP. It shows one insurgent firing a machine gun, while another holds an ammunition belt and a third apparently had just fired a mortar. According to the AP report, Hussein took this photo from a nearby furniture store, and the insurgents were not aware of his presence.

_The report rejected the military's contention that Hussein possessed bomb-making materials. Gardephe said this allegation appeared to be based solely on the fact that Hussein, after being arrested at his Ramadi apartment, was taken to an electrician's shop on the ground floor and photographed next to equipment and broken appliances.

_Gardephe said he uncovered no evidence that Hussein provided false identification to anyone. He noted that false IDs are readily available from numerous sources in Iraq. Many Iraqis carry false IDs to conceal their religious affiliation, which has been used as a pretext in sectarian killings.

_At the time of his arrest in Ramadi, Hussein had two guests in his apartment, one of them an alleged insurgent leader named Abu Moadh. According to the AP report, Hussein said he had never met Abu Moadh before that day, and had offered him refuge in his apartment during a chance encounter on the street as people were fleeing from a bombing nearby.

(AP) link pending


The really telling part of the story centers around the fact that Hussein is from a "prominent" family in Fallujah, and has a brother allegedly involved in insurgent activities outside of Iraq, and another brother that has been arrested and quickly released three times.

Is Bilal Hussein being used by the USM as leverage against his family, to keep them in line and help keep Fallujah under control?



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