Navy medic Corey Scott has admitted to the killing of an ISIS prisoner in Iraq during the trial of US Navy Seal Edward Gallagher. Mr. Scott, a medic for the US Navy and a witness for the prosecution, has shocked the court.
Surprising revelations were heard on Thursday during the court martial of a decorated US Navy SEAL during his trial for war crimes.
A prosecution witness testified that it was he who killed the fighter in Mosul, Iraq, in May 2017 and not the Chief of Special Operations Edward Gallagher, who faces murder charges and attempted murder. The SEAL SO1 of the US Navy Corey Scott received immunity to testify in the indictment.
For the first time, Scott said he was the one who killed the ISIS fighter by suffocation. Hunter however recognizes taking a picture with a dead fighter.
According to prosecutions, Gallagher would have stabbed the ISIS fighter, but Scott said Gallagher was not the one who killed the teenager. Scott said he did it by placing his thumb on a breathing tube. “I knew he was going to die anyway,” Scott said. “I wanted to save him from waking up to what had happened later.”
Duncan Hunter acknowledged that he took a picture of a fighter killed during his time as a Marine while defending the Navy Special Forces sailor Edward Gallagher accused of murdering a teenager and taking a picture. Scott said the fighter would be handed over to Iraqi forces and that he had seen these forces torturing, raping and murdering prisoners.
The testimony shook the prosecutor who called his own witness a liar, according to Artie Ojeda, of our sister network NBC 7, who was in the courtroom. In his previous interviews, Scott told investigators that the fighter had died of suffocation, but no one asked him to clarify it.
Defense lawyers have said that there are no corpses, autopsies or forensic evidence to prove that a murder occurred. The case was based on the lies of young SEALs who hated Gallagher because he was tough, according to the defense.
Gallagher, whose case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, faces seven charges including premeditated murder and attempted murder. He is also accused of shooting two civilians, an old man and a girl of school age, from sniper hangers in Iraq in 2017.
Many politicians and media personalities have also come to the defense of Gallagher. In the immediate aftermath of Gallagher’s arrest last September, Fox News jumped to his defense. Host Sean Hannity has frequently lauded Gallagher on both his radio and TV shows, describing the SEAL in heroic terms, while Gallagher’s family has also repeatedly gone on Fox News to defend his actions. In February, Gallagher’s brother Sean explicitly called for Trump’s help in a Fox News Op-Ed.
Trump seems to have taken an interest in Gallagher’s case as early as this March, when he tweeted, “In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy Seal #EddieGallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court. Process should move quickly!”
However, critics point to potential harm to the integrity of the military justice system, which requires that military commanders refrain from seeking to influence ongoing judicial processes. Presumably the category of “military commanders” includes the commander-in-chief. Yet Trump has done just that, most recently by telling reporters he might wait until after the trials are over to consider issuing those pardons, a pretty strong signal to the courts of the outcomes he’d like to see.
Gallagher has pleaded not guilty and could be sentenced to life imprisonment.