Pakistan News Service

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017, Rabi-al-awwal 2, 1439 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Iraq -> News Details

Trial continues in death of 3 Iraqis

14 March, 2007

  Related News  
Demand for shoes made famous by Bush
Iraqi journalist's shoes destroyed, says judge
  Related Articles  
Hydrocarbon Law for Dummies
By Anwaar Hussain
Happy Anniversary Free Iraq!
By Anwaar Hussain
  Related Speakout  
Bush Veto`s
Beheading of an American
  More on this View All

FORT CAMPBELL: An attorney for a sergeant on trial for murder in the death of three Iraqi detainees characterized one of the deaths as a "mercy killing."

"Sgt. Girouard is facing murder for the mercy killing, and Graber got aggravated assault and nine months in prison," attorney Anita Gorecki said.

Girouard, 24, is the last and most senior soldier from the 101st Airborne Division to face trial for the killings during a May 9 raid on a suspected insurgent camp outside of Samarra, Iraq . He is accused of ordering soldiers in his squad to kill the men and cover up their crime as self-defense.

Two main witnesses against Girouard testified in the opening day of testimony Tuesday that he gave them the order to release the three men and then shoot them as they fled.

Hunsaker and Pfc. Corey Clagett pleaded guilty to murder and cooperated with prosecutors and were sentenced to 18 years in military prison.

"I shot him (the first detainee) where his heart should be. I moved from right to left. I took aim in the same manner and aimed for the heart and the head," Hunsaker said.

Clagett testified Tuesday night that he participated in the killings and the cover-up to impress his squad and his squad leader. He said he dropped a knife near a detainee‘s body to make it look like the detainees had attacked the soldiers.

Other soldiers in the squad who have not been charged said they also heard Girouard‘s plot to kill the men while on their mission but didn‘t agree or go along with it.

A judge ruled last week that Steele won‘t be forced to testify, but defense attorneys could cross-examine the witnesses about their understanding of Steele‘s order.

Courtesy - KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Writer

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites