Trial postponed for Marine who vanished in Iraq
CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) — A judge has delayed the trial of a U.S. Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon.
Camp Lejeune spokesman Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore said Thursday that a military judge granted a defense request to delay Cpl. Wassef Hassoun’s case until February. A court martial had been scheduled to start next week on charges of desertion, larceny and destruction of government property.
The case began in 2004 when Hassoun disappeared from a base in Iraq. He turned up days later at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, saying he’d been kidnapped by insurgents. After a brief return to the U.S., he vanished again and wound up in Lebanon again.
A military report acknowledges that the case against Hassoun is largely circumstantial.