Mercy Killing or Murder in Canada should be the title of this news article. As the Ottawa Citizen reports here, a Canadian officer has been charged in what appears to be a “mercy killing” of a severely wounded, suspected insurgent in Afghanistan. The story reports:
After U.S. Apache attack helicopters were called in and the assault was defeated, Afghan soldiers found a dead Taliban fighter beside another who was severely wounded. After the insurgent was disarmed, it was determined that his wounds were “too severe for any type of treatment” in the field, court was told.
According to a synopsis of events read in the court earlier this year, two shots were heard and at least one witness said that he saw Semrau firing his rifle at the severely wounded insurgent. She said the soldiers moved on and the bodies of the two Taliban insurgents were left behind.
Officials have said there is a chance the trial could take place in Afghanistan because some of the witnesses are Afghan nationals serving in the Afghan army.
We’ll follow the trial and send updates later.
Second, there is a court-martial beginning in Hawaii, report here, involving the shooting death of a US government contractor in Iraq. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports:
Spc. Beyshee O. Velez, 31, is being held at the brig at Ford Island on two counts of murder, three counts of assault, and one count of fleeing apprehensions. He was charged on Monday.
He is accused of killing Lucas Vinson, 27, of Leesville, La., Sept. 13 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher near Tikrit in Iraq.
The Associated Press reported that the military told Vinson’s family that he was shot three times after offering a ride to an American soldier who flagged down his vehicle on the base.
Again, we’ll follow the story.