Monday, February 23, 2015

Marine Who Fled Iraq Is Convicted of Desertion; Wassef Hassoun Fled to Lebanon, Faked Kidnap

A U.S. Marine -- who vanished a decade ago in Iraq -- has been found guilty of desertion charges related to his disappearances there and in Lebanon, the Newser website reports today (February 23, 2015).

The judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, gave his verdict today in the bench trial of Cpl. Wassef Hassoun.

Martz found that Hassoun was guilty of deserting in Iraq in 2004 and then deserting again in 2005 by fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the United States. He was also found guilty of causing the loss of his service pistol.

Sentencing is expected later this week. Hassoun claimed that he was kidnapped by insurgents in 2004.

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