BAGHDAD (AP) - A third U.S. soldier has been charged in an investigation into alleged attempts to cover up the deaths of Iraqi civilians by planting weapons to portray them as combatants, the U.S. military said Monday.
Sgt. Evan Vela, of Phoenix, Idaho, was charged Sunday with one count of premeditated murder, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice, the military said in a statement. He was placed in pretrial confinement.
Two other soldiers - Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley, of Candler, N.C., and Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, Jr., of Laredo, Texas - were charged last week for allegedly killing three Iraqis and placing weapons on their bodies to make them appear as fighters. Vela is charged in one of the alleged slayings, but the military statement did not specify which incident.
Military prosecutors say the killings occurred between April and June near Iskandariyah, a mostly Sunni Arab city south of Baghdad.
All three soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.In the court-martial, Sgt. Evan Vela, 23, spoke barely above a whisper as he recounted shooting the man on May 11 near , a mostly Sunni city 30 miles south of .
Vela said Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley of Candler, N.C., told him to shoot the man, who had stumbled upon their snipers' hideout, although he was not armed and had his hands in the air when he approached the soldiers.
"He (Hensley) asked me if I was ready. I had the pistol out. I heard the word shoot. I don't remember pulling the trigger. It took me a second to realize that the shot came from the pistol in my hand," he said, crying.
Vela said that as the Iraqi man was convulsing on the ground, "Hensley kind of laughed about it and hit the guy on the throat and said shoot again."
"After he (the Iraqi man) was shot, Hensley pulled an AK-47 out of his rucksack and said, 'this is what we are going to say happened," Vela said, before he was dismissed from the witness stand to compose himself.
Vela told the story during the second day of the court-martial of Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, of Sandoval is on trial for allegedly killing Iraqis and trying to cover up the deaths by planting weapons at the scene.. End of excerpt.
For all the lame excuses and false allegations that the main director and executer of the American invasion, occupation, destruction and decimation of the Iraqi people whom he claims to have 'liberated' from Saddam's regime, US President George Walker Bush Jr. has clearly outdone whatever atrocities that the deposed and now dead Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ever did!
America invaded and occupies Iraq today under false allegations and false proof of Iraq having Weapons of Mass Destructions which have been proven not to be ever being there in that ancient land of the anbiyas and awliyas.
Today, the whole impotent world watches in silence as America under George Bush Jr. ravages Iraq and its people as it pleases and has successfully murdered over half a million Iraqi citizens and reduced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis into cripples and orphaned millions of Iraqi children.
Mosques have been bombed to bits. Important historical ancient buildings have been blasted to nothingness.
Precious antiquities have been robbed and stolen by the American forces from the destroyed palaces of Saddam and also from the many Iraqi museums.
Now, we hear that the American Senate has approved US President Bush Jr's request to classify the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist force! How convenient.
Now, the American Colonialists can go bomb another ancient civilization to nothingness. They can go murder millions of innocent Iranians, rape and devastate the millions of Iranian women and children. Kill innocent Iranians and accuse them of being 'enemy combatants' and plant weapons on their dead bodies as 'proof' of 'hostile intentions'.
When we have evidences of American crimes being exposed like this , I wonder why the United Nations or as I prefer to address as 'Useless Nincompoops' for their cowardice in not being willing to stand up to American hypocrisy still shamelessly call themselves as guardians and protectors of the world?
All these happening right before the eyes of the whole wide world!
Do you even dare to dream that the spineless hypocrites we have running the OIC will have the balls to defend their fellow Muslims?
'Wait for the cat to grow horns'! This is another Malay saying that clearly tells that it is virtually an impossibility to ever expect anything of the sort to ever take place under the current leadership of the OIC jokers, headed by who else but our nation's Imam Hadhari, the world's latest false prophet.