UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Special Forces Commander Edward Gallagher will face a review panel to assess his eligibility to stay in the special forces after he was found guilty of publishing photographs next to the body of an Iraqi detainee, Captain Tamara Lawrence said on Thursday.
Lawrence said Gallagher on Wednesday received a formal notification that a five-member review panel would be convened on December 2 and would recommend whether Gallagher should be removed from the naval special forces.
Lawrence said the final decision would be with the Naval Command in Washington.
It said three Gallagher commanders faced separate hearings to determine whether they should also be kept out of Seal, whose acronym refers to sea, air and land forces.
These sessions will determine their “responsibility” as Gallagher’s immediate leaders, she said.
According to the text of the review letter, Gallagher’s behavior in taking pictures of him with the body of the detainee charged with murder undermines “proper order and discipline” and put a “stigma on the armed forces.”
Gallagher was acquitted on charges of firing at unarmed civilians and killing an ISIS prisoner by stabbing him in the neck. However, he was convicted of standing next to the body of the prisoner to take pictures, in violation of the law.
and, although Gallagher avoided prison, he was sentenced to demotion and wages, as well as being deprived of his salary for two months.
But Trump intervened in the case last Friday and restored his rank and salary, allowing his retirement this year and a full pension. Trump also pardoned two military officers charged with war crimes in Afghanistan.
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