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U.s. Marine Who Killed Unarmed Iraqi

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U.S. Marine who killed unarmed Iraqi won’t be charged


2/24/2005 11:00:00 AM GMT


The U.S. military decided not to charge a Marine who was captured on a video killing an unarmed wounded Iraqi inside a Fallujah Masjid during November’s deadly offensive, claiming that there was no sufficient evidence.


The shooting occurred on November 13, and was aired by several TV stations.


CBS News broadcast a still photo from the footage showing the marine standing above the wounded helpless man, and pointing his rifle at the man's body, then a rifle shot could be heard.


The video showed the bullet hitting the already wounded man in the head. Blood splatters were seen covering the wall behind him and his body goes limp.


The incident sparked worldwide outrage and was described by the International Committee of the Red Cross as an "utter contempt for humanity."


At the time, the Pentagon ordered NBC and other TV networks to hide the Marine's identity because "they (the military authorities) are anticipating a criminal investigation as a result of this incident and do not want to implicate anybody ahead of that."


According to CBS, the Marine claimed that he shot the Iraqi because he “thought he saw moving� and that the man “could have been going for a weapon."


The TV network also said that military investigators had concluded insufficient evidence existed to formally charge the marine.


"At the very least, Navy legal experts believe the situation is ambiguous enough that no prosecutor could get a conviction," CBS said.


It added that any punishment within the Uniform Code of Military Justice was to be decided by Marine commanders.



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