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Killings Database – Year 2008

 

 

The Killing of Ali Monsour Mohammed

 

Background

Media Reports

Government Reports

Photo Credits

 

Newest Media Report: Edmond Soldier’s Sentence Reduced (21/1/2010/KOCO.com)

Newest Government Report: Hearing Rescheduled for US Soldiers Charged (6/9/2008/P.A. Office - Multi-National Force)

 

Background - May 16th, 2008

 

“Two American soldiers in Iraq have been charged with murdering an Iraqi prisoner, the US military said on Saturday. First Lieutenant Michael Behenna and Staff Sergeant Hal Warner were each charged with multiple offences following the death of Ali Mansur Mohammed, the US military said. ‘Behenna has been charged with pre-meditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice,’ it said. The charge sheet said Behenna was accused of using a pistol to shoot Mohammed ‘at or near Forward Operating Base Summerall, Iraq.’ Warner was charged with ‘pre-meditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice,’ the statement said. […]”

 

Excerpt of an AFP article from August 2nd, 2008.

U.S. military and the Iraqi oil refinery at Baiji

 

The Killing

 

“[…] The murder was committed on May 16 under a bridge in the northern oil refinery town of Baiji, after the two soldiers left their base with Mohammed to set him free at a checkpoint. […] Behenna ordered the detainee to sit, the [witness] said, […] ‘Lieutenant Behenna pulled trigger and killed him, … I was standing 10 metres (yards) back during the shooting - I could see everything even if it was getting dark - and Sergeant Warner was next to me.’ Warner then ‘took the grenade from his pocket, pulled the safety ring, walked around and put the grenade under Ali Mansur’s head. Then they hid his clothes, and Behenna and Warner went back.’ […]”

 

Excerpt of an AFP article from September 14th, 2008.

Michael Behenna (left) and Hal Warner (right)

 

Media Reports

 

January 21st, 2010 - Edmond Soldier’s Sentence Reduced

1 news article from KOCO.com

 

March 28th, 2009 - Parents of Edmond Soldier Maintain His Innocence

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

March 21st, 2009 - Judge Recommends Lighter Sentence for Soldier

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

March 1st, 2009 - Defense Seeks Mistrial in Behenna Case

1 news article from KOCO.com

 

February 28th, 2009 - Ky. Army Officer Gets 25 Years for Detainee Murder

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

February 26th, 2009 - Soldier Testifies Iraq Shooting Was Self-Defense

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

February 25th, 2009 - Translator Testifies He Saw Officer Shoot Iraqi

2 news articles from the Associated Press

 

February 23rd, 2009 - Military Prosecutor Says Iraqi Detainee Killed Out of Revenge

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

February 18th, 2009 - Soldier Pleads Guilty to Assault in Iraq Death

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

December 8th, 2008 - Soldier Pleads Not Guilty in Iraq Detainee’s Death

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

October 4th, 2008 - Attorneys in New Venue to Defend Soldier in Iraq

1 news article by the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

 

September 22nd, 2008 - US Soldier Fights Accusations of Killing Iraqi

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

September 21st, 2008 - US Soldier Charged with Killing Iraqi Has Hearing

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

September 14th, 2008 - Prosecutors Want US Soldier Court Martialled over Iraq Murder

1 news article by Agence France Presse

 

September 13th, 2008 - Hearing for US Soldier Charged with Killing Iraqi

2 news articles by the Associated Press & Agence France Presse

 

September 10th, 2008 - Hearing Scheduled for Edmond Soldier

1 news article by the Edmond Sun

 

September 6th, 2008 - Hearing Reset for 101st Soldiers in Iraq Death Case

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

September 4th, 2008 - Two US Troops Charged for Iraqi Detainee Murder

1 news article by Agence France Presse

 

August 25th, 2008 - Attorney: Fort Campbell Soldier Did not Kill Detainee

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

August 24th, 2008 - Soldier Lied about Detainee’s Release, Army Says

1 news article by the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

 

August 22nd, 2008 - 2 from Fort Campbell Charged in Iraqi Death

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

August 19th, 2008 - Iraq Soldier to Plead not Guilty to Murder Charge

2 news articles by the Edmond Sun & Stars and Stripes

 

August 17th, 2008 - US Soldier Hearing to Start Sept 5 for Iraqi Detainee Murder

1 news article by Agence France Presse

 

August 15th, 2008 - Soldier from Edmond to Fight Murder Charges

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

August 6th, 2008 - Girlfriend, Friends Defend Local Soldier

1 news article by the Edmond Sun

 

August 5th, 2008 - Brother: GI Will be Vindicated in Detainee Killing

1 news article by Tulsa World

 

August 4th, 2008 - Two Oklahoma Soldiers Charged in Iraqi’s Death

1 news article by the Oklahoman

 

August 3rd, 2008 - 2 U.S. Soldiers Face Murder Charges

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

August 2nd, 2008 - Two US Soldiers Charged with Murdering Iraqi Prisoner

1 news article by Agence France Presse

 

 

Charges & Sentences by the U.S. Military Tribunal in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Defendants

Original Main Charges

Sentences

Sentencing Dates

Michael C. Behenna

premeditated murder, assault, obstruction of justice

25 years confinement

February 28th, 2009

Hal M. Warner

premeditated murder, assault, obstruction of justice

17 months confinement

February 18th, 2009

 

Government Reports

 

September 6th, 2008 - Hearing Rescheduled for US Soldiers Charged in Association with Iraqi Detainee’s Death

Press Release by the Public Affairs Office of the Multi-National Force, Iraq

 

“[…] Article 32 pretrial investigations for Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner and 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna will begin Sept. 11 and Sept. 20 respectively at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit.

 

“Warner has been charged with premeditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. Behenna has been charged with premeditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. Both are assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry at Forward Operating Base Summerall, near Bayji.

 

“The charges followed a criminal investigation into the death of Ali Mansur Mohamed, a detainee initially believed to have been released by Coalition forces on or about May 16, 2008. […]”

 

August 16th, 2008 - Hearing for U.S. Soldier charged in association with Iraqi detainee’s death begins next month

Press Release by the Public Affairs Office of the Multi-National Force, Iraq

 

“[…] An Article 32 pretrial investigation for Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner, original scheduled for Aug.15 will begin Sept. 5 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit.

 

“Warner has been charged with pre-meditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. He is assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry at Forward Operating Base Summerall, near Bayji.

 

“The charges followed a criminal investigation into the death of Ali Mansur Mohamed, a detainee initially believed to have been released by Coalition forces on or about May 16, 2008. […]”

 

August 2nd, 2008 - Coalition forces charge two U.S. Soldiers in association with death of Iraqi detainee

Press Release by the Public Affairs Office of the Multi-National Force, Iraq

 

“[…] Tikrit, Iraq - Coalition forces have charged two U.S. Soldiers in association with the death of an Iraqi detainee.

 

“Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner has been charged with pre-meditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. First Lt. Michael C. Behenna has been charged with pre-meditated murder, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. Both Soldiers are assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry at Forward Operating Base Summerall, near Bayji.

 

“The charges followed a criminal investigation into the death of Ali Mansur Mohamed, a detainee initially believed to have been released by CF on or about May 16, 2008.

 

“An Article 32 pretrial investigation for Warner is scheduled to begin Aug. 15 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit. A date has not yet been set for the Article 32 pretrial investigation for Behenna. Both Warner and Behenna are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty. […]”

 

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) American troops at the Baijian Iraqi refinery in Baiji, Iraq. - February 2008 - Eros Hoagland/The New York Times/Redux;

2) 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna walks in Camp Speicher, a large U.S. base near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq. Behenna is charged with fatally shooting an Iraqi detainee earlier this year and lying about it. His pretrial hearing started Sunday at Camp Speicher. - September 21st, 2008 - Vanessa Gera/Associated Press;

3) Hal Warner at his court-martial hearings at Camp Speicher. - September 13rd & 14th, 2008 - AFP;

 

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