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Trump may pardon US soldiers accused of war crimes

US Marines seen during a training excercise with the Royal Army of Oman (not seen) at Senoor Beach, Oman, on February 15, 2017 [Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr. / US Marine Corps]
US Marines seen during a training exercise on 15 February 2017 [Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr. / US Marine Corps]

US President Donald Trump said he is considering pardons for “two or three” US soldiers charged with war crimes, a move he said would be controversial but justified because he said they had been treated “unfairly”, as reported on Reuters.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he has not decided yet on the cases, and said he may wait until after the men accused of the war crimes go through trials before determining whether to pardon them.

“Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard, long. You know, we teach them how to be great fighters, and then when they fight sometime, they get really treated very unfairly,” Trump said. He did not identify the cases he was reviewing.

The New York Times reported on May 18 that Trump had asked for paperwork on the possible pardons to be prepared ahead of the US Memorial Day holiday, which falls on Monday.

One of the cases was believed to be Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL charged with war crimes in Iraq. His trial was delayed this week.

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