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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Donald Trump Pardons Ex-Army Officer Who Killed Iraqi Prisoner

                                 Image result for images of President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner.
The United State President, Donald Trump has granted pardoned to a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed that the Commander-in-chief signed an executive grant of clemency for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, 35, of Oklahoma on Monday. 
Recall In 2009, Behenna was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of murdering a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist in Iraq.
Image result for images of President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner.

However, his sentence was later reduced to 15 years, and he was paroled in 2014, after serving less than five years behind bars.  
He was scheduled to remain on parole until 2024 before Trump granted the full pardon. 
During his trial, Behenna acknowledged that he took the Iraqi prisoner to a railroad culvert, stripped him naked, and then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of his platoon. 
Behenna said he only shot the man in self-defense as he had moved toward him and was trying to grab his gun.
He was charged with unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
A pardon for Behana attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials and the public.
Speaking on Monday, Sanders added that Behenna was a model prisoner while serving his sentence, saying that 'in light of these facts, Behenna is entirely deserving' of the pardon.
Oklahoma's attorney general first requested a pardon for Behenna in February 2018 and renewed his request last month. 
Meanwhile, Oklahoma's Republican senators, James Lankford and James M. Inhofe,  praised Trump’s decision on Monday.  
It's the eighth Presidential pardon Trump has issued in his first two years in Office. 
It comes just weeks after the President injected himself into another high-profile military murder case. 
On March 30, the Commander-in-chief tweeted that Navy Seal Chief Edward Gallagher - who has been accused of war crimes - should 'be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court' because of 'his past service to our Country'.
Gallagher is accused of murdering an unarmed and incapacitated teenage ISIS detainee in Iraq in 2017. 
He is further alleged to have gunned down innocent civilians with a sniper rifle. 
His court-martial trial is scheduled to begin on May 28.  

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