US President Donald Trump has pardoned a former US officer who had shot dead more than ten years ago a prisoner in Iraq. The pardon have earned Ex-Lieutenant Michael Behenna "perfectly", stated on Monday evening (local time) the White house.
Behenna was convicted in 2009 by a US military court to 25 years in jail. His sentence was later reduced, since 2014, he is under probation on free foot. As a justification for the pardon the 35-Year-old the White house called, among other things, its "broad support" by the US military, the solidarity of many politicians of Behennas home state of Oklahoma with the Convicted person as well as his "exemplary" behavior in the detention centre.
criticism from civil rights activists
The civil rights organization ACLU described the Amnesty as "support for murder", have violated their own judicial code of the United States army. Trump should prevent the commander-in-chief of the armed forces a "war crime, and these do not support or apologize," said the ACLU representative, Hina Shamsi.
Behenna was shot in 2008, the detainee, Ali Mansur, which is the membership in the terrorist organization al-Qaeda was suspected. The U.S. armed forces had taken Mansur, after an explosive device hit a U.S. military convoy North of Baghdad. Two friends Behennas were killed.
Because she had no evidence of the involvement of Mansurs on the attack, ordered the U.S. army after a few days of its release. Behenna had to bring back the order, Mansur in his home village.
In a remote place, he continued, however, without the approval of the interrogation of the detainee. For this, he stripped Mansur naked, later he shot him. The corpse Mansurs was found the next day partially burned. Behenna made later in his process of self-defense claims - Mansur had reached for his gun. The officer was convicted of "intentional murder". Later his sentence was reduced from 25 to 15 years. After five years in prison, Behenna parole was set free. He lived on a Farm in Oklahoma.
Behenna had no justification to kill a "naked, unarmed Iraqi man in the desert and far from an actual battlefield," said ACLU representative Shamsi. (red/sda)
Created: 07.05.2019, 21:49 PM