Edward Gallagher demoted in rank. After having been found not guilty in martial, US Navy Seal commander, Edward Gallagher has been demoted in rank for posing with the pictures of a dead ISIS fighter.
A judge credited Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher with time already spent in custody to ensure he won’t be locked up. But he has nonetheless been demoted in rank.
Not guilty. Tried for two weeks for war crimes by a military court in San Diego, California, a US special forces NCO was founf on Tuesday “not guilty” of stabbing a teenage prisoner at a police station during a mission to Iraq in 2017.
Also acquitted on two attempted murder counts of Iraqi civilians, Edward Gallagher, 40, was found guilty of posing next to the young man’s body in the company of other soldiers.
Chief Gallagher, a member of the “Navy SEALs”, famous commandos of the US Navy, must be released free after this sentence, punishable by a maximum sentence of four months in jail, because he has already spent nine months at stops on a naval base during the instruction of the file.
Edward Gallagher was facing life imprisonment and has always denied the charges against him. His lawyers said throughout the trial that he was the victim of a “cabal” made by subordinates wishing his departure.
The charges against him included his presence in Iraq in 2017 in Mosul, where US troops had been deployed alongside Iraqi forces to retake parts of the city in the hands of fighters of the Islamic State (IS) group.
Chief Gallagher was notably accused of having killed a teenage prisoner while he was being treated with several stab wounds to his neck and chest. During the trial, another Navy SEAL called to the bar to testify had created the surprise on June 20 while accusing himself of the murder of the prisoner.
Corey Scott told the court that if Gallagher had stabbed the victim, he himself had caused his death by asphyxiation by plugging his thumb with the tube inserted into the injured person’s trachea to help him breathe. He claimed that he wanted to spare the prisoner torture that he believed would be inflicted by members of the Iraqi armed forces.
Corey Scott never took responsibility for the murder when he was questioned by Navy investigators, the prosecution said, adding that the soldier lied to cover his leader. Corey Scott was one of the witnesses who obtained the immunity.
In the eyes of many Americans, Edward Gallagher was a war hero unfairly pursued. A group of parliamentarians campaigned for his release, a campaign relayed by the conservative Fox News television channel, and President Donald Trump himself was moved by the fate of the soldier, citing the possibility of a pardon if he were convicted.
Navy Medic Corey Scott Admits Killing ISIS Prisoner During Gallagher Trial
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.
It was called “the Sewing Circle,” an unlikely name for a secret subsection of Navy SEALs. Their purpose was even more improbable: in a chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes, they said that their leader, a sniper and convicted doctor, committed a recent tour of service in Iraq.
The WhatsApp group would eventually lead to formal accusations that Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher fatally stabbed a wounded Islamic State captive in his care and shot many civilians in Iraq in 2017.
Gallagher, 40, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Final arguments are expected on Monday. Nearly a dozen SEALs have testified in the last two weeks. The majority was granted immunity to protect them from being prosecuted for the acts they described on the stand.
A jury composed primarily of combat marines will ultimately decide the fate of the 19-year veteran and Bronze Star recipient accused of murder, attempted murder and conduct detrimental to good order and discipline by posing with the corpse of the enemy.
The court-martial has provided an exceptional insight into the Navy SEAL community and will likely have a long-term impact on one of the most secret and revered military forces in the US military. He has pitted the veterans against each other, both inside the room and in a fierce debate over brotherhood, morals and loyalty.
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“The SEALs, it seems to me, see themselves as a god on the battlefield, and there is a real danger in taking that vision of one’s own unit or oneself,” said Gary Solis, a former military judge and prosecutor, who teaches law at Georgetown University. “I think this will alert the SEAL community that the rules apply to them.”
The case has raised challenges among US special forces. The United States relies more and more on these troops, which represent only 2% of the military and still perform most of their battles.
Several members of special forces are on trial this year. Last month, a US Navy SEAL pleaded guilty to hazing and assault charges for his role in the 2017 choking of a US Army Green Beret in Africa.
Edward Gallagher, 40, is charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder of two civilians with his sniper rifle and obstruction of justice. The charges against him were allegedly committed in 2017 in Mosul, Iraq, where US troops had been deployed alongside Iraqi forces to retake parts of the city at the hands of fighters of the Islamic State (IS) group.
The soldier, who faces life imprisonment if found guilty, denies all charges against him. His lawyers say he was the victim of a “cabal” made by subordinates who wanted him to get fired.
According to statements read during a preliminary hearing in November 2018, some members of the “Alpha” platoon commanded by Mr. Gallagher were so upset by his behavior that they had tampered with his sniper rifle to make it less accurate and were firing warning shots to make civilians flee before their leader has time to open fire on them.
Gallagher allegedly boasted in particular of the number of people he had killed, says the investigation report quoted by the New York Times.
In May 2017, Iraqi forces captured a wounded enemy fighter, who appeared to be around 15 years old. According to testimony from members of the SEALs, while a doctor was administering care to the young man, Gallagher approached without a word and stabbed the prisoner several times in the neck with a hunting knife.
A few minutes later, Gallagher and his commanding officer gathered the soldiers present at the scene for a close-up photo shoot, like a trophy.
In the eyes of many Americans, the accused remains a hero of war and a many congressional representatives have campaigned for his release.
President Donald Trump has himself recently stirred up the controversy by supporting Edward Gallagher and some other US soldiers accused of war crimes, not excluding pardoning them.