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17 November, 2019 11:10:14 AM

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Trump issues pardons in US war crimes cases

AFP, Washington
Trump issues pardons in US war crimes cases
Two balls of fire are seen following an Israel airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip early on Friday. AFP photo

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned a former soldier convicted of murder and a Green Beret charged with killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker, defying warnings that the move would be an abuse of the powers afforded him under the US Constitution. Trump dismissed a second degree murder conviction against Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is six years into a 19-year term for ordering soldiers in 2012 to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, two of whom died.

“Many Americans have sought executive clemency for Lorance, including 124,000 people who have signed a petition to the White House, as well as several members of Congress,” said a White House statement released Friday.

He also granted clemency to West Point graduate Matt Golsteyn, an ex-member of the elite US Army Green Berets, charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of an alleged Taliban bomb-maker in 2010.

The case prompted Trump to tweet that Golsteyn was a “US military hero” who could face the death penalty “from our own government.”

The president also reversed the demotion of Edward Gallagher, a 15-year Navy Seal accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq, and of other killings of civilians.

Gallagher was cleared of the most serious charges in July but was convicted of posing with the slain fighter’s body in a group picture with other SEALs.

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