Thursday, December 09, 2004

Cpl. Hassoun charged with desertion

The Salt Lake Tribune has the scoop: Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun has been charged with desertion by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cpl. Hassoun is from West Jordan, UT and has been the subject of a five-month investigation into his June disappearance from a U.S. military camp near Fallujah, Iraq.

The whole dissipearance, being on Al-Jeziera and reappearance in his native Lebenon thing made the Marines pretty suspecious, especially when they wound Hassoun's things in a raid on insurgence in Fallujah. His Utah family were shocked by the news of the dissertion charge.

Here's your quickie on military law:

If found guilty of desertion, Hassoun could face a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances, and five years confinement for each specification.

Hassoun will be assigned military defense counsel to represent him, and has the right to be represented by a civilian attorney of his choice at no expense to the United States.

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