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Navy SEAL charged with war crimes due back in court for key hearing


Added 05-22-19 08:10:03am EST - “A decorated Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with war crimes in Iraq was due bac...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Navy SEAL charged with war crimes due back in court for key hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A decorated Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with war crimes in Iraq was due back in a San Diego military court on Wednesday for a hearing focused on his lawyers’ allegations that prosecutors engaged in illegal snooping on the defense team and news media.

The hearing comes less than a week before Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is scheduled to go on trial in a court-martial charging him with murdering a helpless, wounded Islamic State fighter in his custody and shooting unarmed civilians.

But defense assertions that the Navy prosecutor, together with agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and presiding judge, have engaged in wrongdoing could lead to a substantial delay in further proceedings against Gallagher.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including premeditated murder, two counts of attempted murder and obstructing justice.

U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in on the case publicly in March when he ordered Gallagher moved to less restrictive pre-trial confinement “in honor of his past service to our country.”

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