Former top Gitmo officer indicted for obstruction of justice

January 9, 2019

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced the indictment of the former commanding officer at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, accusing him of covering up the death of a civilian who thought the officer was having an affair with his wife.

Capt. John Nettleton, 53, was charged with two counts of obstructing the Navy’s probe into the death of Christopher M. Tur, who was found drowned in the waters near the base in 2015.

According to the indictment, Tur had gone to Capt. Nettleton’s residence to confront him about the affair, and “knocked him out.”

Tur went missing later that night, and Capt. Nettleton misled investigators about the nature of their altercation, the indictment says, hindering effort to find the missing civilian.

Tur’s body was found more than a day later. When the rescuers brought up an article that appeared to have blood on it Capt. Nettleton told them, “That’s probably nothing,” prosecutors said. DNA testing later confirmed it was Tur’s blood.

While Tur was determined to have drowned, he did have injuries from the fight that Capt. Nettleton had tried to conceal, the indictment says.

It turned out Tur’s spouse was engaged in an affair, but they conspired to lie about it, prosecutors said.

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