MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14628 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1819 times:
I just wonder if they would try him additionaly for high treason (like for example what happened to Joyce, "Lord Haw Haw", a British fascist who worked for the Germans in propaganda during WW2. He was hung for high treason after the war). After all, he has been taking part in endangering and killing American troops.
I don´t know what the federal punishment for high treason and cooperation with the enemy is, a US Army firing squad or the gallows?
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1816 times:
The federal courts still have the death penalty. But the gallows is out I'm sure. Firing Squad or Lethal Injection.
As for whether he'd be tried in a US Federal Court, or Military Court (I can't see that), or Iraqi court remains to be seen.
His crimes were against the US and it's allies, however, they took place on Iraqi soil - and since Iraq is (supposedly) self governing now - or at least has a government a court system - they might wish to retain authority to try him. Either way, he will be dealt justice.
I'm not sure there is a "Status of Forces Agreement" in place as there is similarly between the US and Germany. I recall being told when I was living there to ensure I had my "SOFA" card when I ventured into the countryside. Should something untoward occur, I was to present it to the German Authorities and it obligated them to notify the US military of my situation. They would then decide who had jurisdiction. Most often the offender was turned over to the military for minor offenses. Major crimes were left to the hands of the German people.
Personally, I think since the crimes occured on Iraqi soil, the Iraqi Courts have the first "right of refusal" on the issue.
Russophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1791 times:
Quoting B757300 (Reply 4): The Iraqis aren't going to treat foreign terrorists very well.
Unless of course you are a member of Mujahedin-e-Khalq and then the Iraqi government (forced to do so by the US) rolls out the welcome mat. Which is quite surprising, seeing as the MKO directly assisted Saddam with the Kurdish slaughter.
Anyway, to the topic, 'rule of law' should dictate that any charges be laid against him in Iraq, and for those charges to be heard in an Iraqi court.