TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -A Second US Navy SEAL – a platoon commander – has faced charges of failing to act when notified of atrocities carried out by another SEAL during a 2017 deployment in Iraq, including stabbing an injured teenage ISIL militant, and gunning down a little girl and an elderly man.
Evidence was presented in a San Diego military courtroom last Tuesday to determine whether Lt. Jacob Xavier Portier will be tried on seven charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman and dereliction of duty, San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.
According to the report, US military prosecutors allege that Portier was made aware about the atrocities committed by Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who stands accused of stabbing to death a wounded 15-year-old Daesh (ISIL) militant in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. In the hours after the killing, Portier conducted a reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher next to the teenager's corpse.
Portier then, according to the prosecution, ordered his platoon to take a group photo next to the killed prisoner of war. Prosecutors further emphasized that although Portier was not present during the killing, he was informed of it by other SEAL service members.