Military panel is set too announce decision in case of Canadian Forces Captain charged in death of Afghan man
The military panel deliberating on the fate of a Canadian Forces captain charged in a battlefield death in Afghanistan is to announce its verdict shortly.The panel began its deliberations Saturday afternoon in the case of 36-year-old Captain Robert Semrau, and met again all day Sunday and Monday morning.
The panel is set to announce its decision at 2 p.m. ET.
Capt. Semrau is accused of firing two rounds from his rifle into a dying Taliban fighter in Helmand province in October 2008.
The trial has heard that Capt. Semrau told fellow officers after the shooting that he simply wanted to put a wounded and dying enemy fighter out of his misery. Capt. Semrau never testified during his four month trial, and his lawyer presented no evidence.
He is charged with four different offences, including second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence, with no chance of parole for 10 years.
Also, see this post for further reference.
UPDATE: NOT GUILTY ON 2ND DEGREE MURDER, GUILTY OF DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT (more to follow)
Semrau cleared of murder charge
Captain Robert Semrau has been found not guilty of killing a wounded Taliban soldier by a Canadian military court.
He was found guilty of disgraceful conduct however today.
I'm glad he wasn't convicted on the murder charge. I think this case highlights the morally ambiguous situations we expect our soldiers to navigate through, and the problems of applying domestic laws to the battlefied.