A US marine charged with desertion from his unit in Iraq has again been declared a deserter after he failed to return from leave to his US base.
"The decision was taken after Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, who was born in Lebanon, failed to show up at his North Carolina base, a spokesman there said.
After disappearing in Iraq last year, Cpr Hassoun mysteriously reappeared in Lebanon, saying he had been abducted.
There were indications that he went to Lebanon again, the spokesman said. "
"Cpl Hassoun reappeared in Lebanon 19 days after he went missing - and when he was returned to the United States, he maintained that he had been abducted.
But after an investigation, he faced prospect of a court martial after the US Marines charged him with desertion, our correspondent says.
In the new twist, Cpl Hassoun failed to report for duty on Tuesday following an authorised holiday, said Maj Matt Morgan, a marine spokesman at Camp Jejeune-based 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. "
"He added that Cpl Hassoun was still missing on Wednesday afternoon, and "his command officially declared him a deserter and issued authorisation for civil authorities to apprehend Hassoun and return him to military control"."
Lemme guess, he got 'abducted' again in the states, through Canada, back to Lebanon...