Darmstadt: Sieben Monate Haft für US-Soldat wegen Befehlsverweigerung

Begonnen von Kater, 19:31:18 Mo. 28.März 2005

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Montag 28. März 2005, 17:24 Uhr
Sieben Monate Haft für US-Soldat wegen Befehlsverweigerung

Darmstadt (AP) Wegen Befehlsverweigerung ist ein US-Soldat am Montag in Darmstadt zu sieben Monaten Haft verurteilt worden. Der Soldat Blake Lemoine hatte sich Militärangaben zufolge in den beiden ersten Monaten dieses Jahres mehrmals geweigert, Befehle auszuführen. Als Grund hatte Lemoine die Entscheidung des US-Militärs angegeben, dass er bis Oktober dienen müsse, obwohl seine reguläre Dienstzeit bereits im Februar ausgelaufen war. Lemoine sprach von einem «Sklavenvertrag» mit dem US-Militär. Vergangene Woche hatte der Soldat, der im Irak gekämpft hat, grundsätzliche Kritik an dem Krieg als Grund für seine Verweigerung angeführt



mehr dazu auf Englisch:

U.S. Army Iraq Veteran Guilty of Refusing Orders
Mon Mar 28,10:35 AM ET   U.S. National - Reuters

By Andy Buerger

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - A U.S. military court convicted a 23-year-old Army mechanic of willfully disobeying orders for refusing to perform duties after a year-long tour of Iraq, an army spokesman said Monday.
Specialist Blake Lemoine, who returned to Germany in May 2004, said he wanted to quit the army due to religious beliefs.
The special military court sentenced Lemoine to seven months confinement, reduction in rank to private and gave him a bad conduct discharge, said Bruce Anderson, deputy public affairs spokesman for the 3rd Corps support command.
Lemoine, who had condemned the invasion of Iraq, was charged for repeatedly refusing to obey orders from commanders between Jan. 10 and Feb. 15 at a base in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt.
Lemoine, from Moraville, Louisiana, told a recent news conference in Germany sponsored by anti-war groups that even though he volunteered to join the army, he had changed his mind and wanted to leave.
"It was simply a slow realisation that serving in the U.S. military at this day and time contradicts my religion and to continue to do so would make me a hypocrite," he said last week.
Lemoine had also been quoted in German newspapers as saying: "The contract with the U.S. army is a slavery contract." He also spoke out against U.S. army violence against Iraqis, saying: "Iraqi civilians are often treated worse than animals."
Lemoine joined the army for three years, a term which would have ended on Feb. 13, but extended his enlistment at some point for a further eight-month period.


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