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US Master Sergeant John Hatley on trial for Iraqi murders

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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:03 AM
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US Master Sergeant John Hatley on trial for Iraqi murders


www.news.com.au

US Master Sergeant John Hatley has gone on trial in a court martial on murder charges for what a prosecutor termed "execution-style" shootings of prisoners in Iraq.

Sgt Hatley, 40, is charged with premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit premeditated murder and obstruction of justice, according to an army statement before the start of the trial today.
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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:03 AM
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How accurate is the news report? Is this just a show trial with a pre-determined outcome?

I don't know much about what happened, however the result will be interesting. How much will USA.mil try to save some face?


He is the most senior of three US non-commissioned officers to be tried for killing four detainees who prosecutors and co-defendants have said were bound, blindfolded and shot in the head.

Hmmm, if that's true, then it shouldn't look too good for him, right?


www.news.com.au
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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 09:21 AM
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Hard to say, military jurisdiction has been very flip-floppy on this issue.

The marines responsible for killing 24 civilians indiscriminately in Haditha after they got frustrated one of their best buddies was blown up by an IED seem to have gotten off Scot-free, all charges were promptly dropped and only one Sergeant is still facing an ensuing legal battle in US courts.

However, the 3 of the 5 men responsible for the Mahmudiyah Rapes & Killings have been sentenced to 90-110 years in prison with very long parole terms. The 2 others are still yet to be tried, but it's very likely they'll be charged as accessories to the crime and receive stiff sentences.

[edit on 13/4/09 by The Godfather of Conspira]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 09:30 AM
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If there was an illegal killing then by all means there should be a prosecution.
This is exactly the kind of crap that helps trash the American fighting mans reputation.

If there wasn't then he should go free.
Either way Somebody will cry foul.



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