7 Navy SEALs Granted Immunity in War Crimes Trial

Details of the case started to emerge against Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who is charged with several war crimes including the murder of a teenager who was receiving medical treatment. The Navy SEAL walked up and stabbed him in his side and neck with a knife, killing the teen. He then posed with the boy’s dead body.

The judge has been asked to suppress several aspects of the case, particularly the numbers of people Gallagher allegedly bragged about killing. Witnesses say he bragged about killing 200 others during his tour of duty, claiming he would murder three people a day.

In November last year, several other soldiers in his platoon described him as bloodthirsty. They said he would shoot into crowds of people, he murdered a girl walking along a riverbank and an old man carrying water.

The Navy has charged Gallagher with premeditated murder, attempted murder and several other offenses, including obstruction of justice. The hearing revealed that seven other Navy SEALs were given immunity during the upcoming trial.



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