posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 04:36 AM
The strangulation of Nagem Sadoon Hatab is the first death of an Iraq POW so far acknowledged by the US Military.
Reserve Sgt. Gary Pittman, of New York, is one of three men charged in the June 2003 death. He could receive more than three years in a military
prison if found guilty on two charges of dereliction of duty and four counts of assault.
The accused Marines and their lawyers say Hatab died of natural causes, perhaps an asthma attack.
Pittman's military trial was set to begin Monday. More than 40 witnesses were scheduled to testify at his court-martial, which is expected to last
about three weeks.
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The fact that the man was found lifeless, lying naked and covered in his own waste in a yard, within 48 hours of his arrest is damaging indeed. And
whatever the outcome of this particular trial, I think it's safe to say that we are about to see more cases like this in the near future.
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