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Marine gets away with fatal beating of POW

Sgt. Gary Pittman faces 9 months for his part in the fatal beating of Nagem Hatab, 52...
Sgt. Gary Pittman was found not guilty of contributing to the death of Nagem Hatab, a 52 year old Iraqi POW who was beaten to death over the course of two days. Pittman was one of several Marines who took part in the beatings, another was Pfc. William Roy, who testified against him in the court martial.

Pittman was found guilty of assault for the fatal beating, and faces 9 months in military prison and a bad conduct discharge. He will be "sentenced" today.

It seems that no one will be found guilty of murder in this case, because several people were involved in the fatal beating, and the corpse of Hatam was not properly taken care in the days after his murder, and his corpse was the main evidence.

Pittman however seems to have been the lead man in the fatal beating, delivering a rib-crushing karate kick to Hatab's chest, described by an army colonel at the court martial as a "car-crash" like injury.

Links:

 http://signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040902-1944-ca-us-iraq-prisonerdeath.html

article describing car-crash like injuries:
 http://signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20040826-1506-ca-us-iraq-prisonerdeath.html

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to be expected 03.Sep.2004 10:16

no justice.

Don't expect justice from these thugs. It's up to us, not the machine that killed that man in the first place.

bellingham wa. 03.Sep.2004 11:19

police

bham police need to be put before world court for crimes against civilization

Justice, American-style 03.Sep.2004 12:47

CatWoman

Isn't it interesting that Ryan Anderson, a mentally ill national guardsman, was just sentenced to life in prison at a military court martial for allegedly offering information to Al Qaida, while Gary Pittman only gets 9 months for savagely beating to death an Iraqi POW.

...not to mention the fact that notorious war criminals gw bush and donald rumsfeld will never do a day in jail for the deaths and crimes against humanity clearly upon their heads.

Well... 03.Sep.2004 14:30

Tony Blair's dog

"...not to mention the fact that notorious war criminals gw bush and donald rumsfeld will never do a day in jail for the deaths and crimes against humanity clearly upon their heads."

I wouldn't book on that one ;-)

Interesting times indeed...

he'll be sentenced today 04.Sep.2004 10:46

JR

Sgt. Pittman will be sentenced today, and I doubt he'll get 9 months, or any time, but surely he'll be demoted from Sgt. to whatever the next lowest rank is.