A review hearing scheduled for early December will determine whether Gallagher can continue to be a SEAL, Navy Captain Tamara Lawrence told Reuters. The commando’s own lawyer also confirmed he had been served with a notice informing him of the upcoming hearing.
ALSO ON RT.COMNavy SEAL accused of killing captured ISIS teen & posing with body cleared of most chargesWhile Gallagher was indicted for stabbing a wounded enemy prisoner and shooting civilians during his combat tour in Iraq in 2017, he was cleared on six of seven charges when his court-martial concluded in July – only found guilty of posing for a photo with a corpse. Avoiding any additional jail time after already serving nine months while on trial, the judge decided only to demote him to the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
However, last week, President Donald Trump reversed that move, restoring Gallagher’s previous rank and granting pardons for two army officers similarly implicated in war crimes, which came after months of vocal support for Gallagher in particular. In August, the president even urged the US Navy to strip Gallagher’s military prosecutors of their medals, arguing that they had performed poorly on his case.
ALSO ON RT.COMMake Americans exceptional again? Trump trumps Pentagon, pardons 2 soldiers charged with war crimesThree of Gallagher’s commanding officers also face individual review hearings to determine whether they will be removed from the SEALs, Lawrence added.
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