RALEIGH, N.C. – A corporal who sang in a homemade video about killing members of an Iraqi family didn’t violate military law and won’t be court-martialed, the Marine Corps said Tuesday.
“The bottom line is there was no violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” said a spokeswoman, Maj. Shawn Haney of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. “We do stand by our original statement that we feel the lyrics were inappropriate.”
Commanders of Cpl. Joshua Belile, 23, will handle the matter administratively, which can include informal counseling about his actions, military officials said.
Belile has said the video was intended as a joke and not related to allegations of Marine involvement in the deaths at Haditha, Iraq, last year of unarmed civilians. That case still is being investigated.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his group never expected criminal action against the Marine and considered the matter resolved.
“We did say we would leave it up to them, so that brings the whole situation to a conclusion for us,” Hooper said.