Here is a link to the Toronto Star article on the beginning of the Capt. Semrau court-martial in Canada.  See our prior posts here and here.  As we noted previously, the issue in the case is whether Capt. Semrau murdered a severely wounded Taliban fighter.  The Toronto Star reports that the parties have stipulated that “no medical aid could be provided” to the wounded fighter.  The pre-trial stipulations also show that Law of Armed Conflict will again be an issue as it was in the CAAF mercy killing case of US v. Maynulet.   I wonder if Capt. Semrau received the same ROE briefing as Capt. Maynulet, which said, “Do not engage anyone who has surrendered or is out of battle due to sickness or wounds?”

According to another Toronto Star report, here, the judge has instructed members that they will be deployed to Kandahar for part of the trial to hear witness testimony.

3 Responses to “Canadian Court-Martial to Start: Murder or Mercy Killing?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do they conduct Canadian courts martial in English or French?

  2. anonymous says:

    Convictions in English, acquittals in French.

  3. Anon says:

    Accused’s choice.