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Brother of US Navy SEAL under investigation for war crimes in Iraq claims being set up

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The brother of a Navy Seal officer alleged to have killed an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq has accused those investigating the case of trying to advance their own careers.

Edward Gallagher is currently being held in a military prison in California amid accusations he repeatedly plunged a knife into the wounded body of a young ISIS fighter and fired sniper rounds at innocent civilians in Iraq.

Now his brother Sean Gallagher has criticized the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, saying they are trying to advance their own careers.

Gallagher served with the elite SEALs for almost 20 years, he has been charged with premeditated murder, bringing “discredit upon the armed forces” and obstruction of justice, in addition to several other charges, for which he is likely to be handed a life sentence if found guilty.

He has vehemently denied all of the charges, but the case has already damaged the SEAL’s reputation, with several others, including a lieutenant, accused of turning a blind eye to Gallagher’s war crimes.

While on tour in Iraq, Gallagher shot at a girl walking along a riverbank and gunned down an elderly man, threatening to kill his comrades if they reported him, witnesses said at the hearing.

Special Agent Joe Warpinski of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said some SEALs who served with Gallagher claimed they spent more time protecting civilians from him than fighting ISIS.

Reacting to the allegations, his wife, Andrea, insisted that he is a “lifesaver”, and his lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, vowed to get testimony from “many more SEALs” to exonerate Gallagher.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 28 November 2018 11:35 AM
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