Last Updated: 6:52 PM, May 6, 2010
Posted: 6:52 PM, May 6, 2010Comments: 3
A Virginia military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on charges of punching a suspected Iraqi terrorist.
Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class, was facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement and assault.
The suspected terrorist McCabe was accused of punching is Ahmed Hashim Abed, who is the suspected masterminded the grisly killings of four American contractors in Fallujah six years ago.
Another one of the Navy SEALs charged, but acquitted in connection with the Abed case, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas, took the stand for the defense Thursday morning.
He said that he and the other two Navy SEALs, McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, visited the detention facility where Abed was being held on the night of the alleged incident, but he said there was no assault. Huertas and Keefe were found not guilty last month in separate trials in Baghdad.
The defense called an oral surgeon Thursday who testified by phone from Baghdad. He said Abed might have bitten an ulcer on his lip, causing it to bleed. Defense attorneys had asserted that al Qaeda detainees are trained to injure themselves then claim abuse.
Abed was captured in a surprise raid by the Navy SEALs in Fallujah in September of last year.
Instead of having their honor and word doubted, these young men should have been awarded the Medal of Honor!!!