(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said anticipated presidential pardons for a number of American servicemen accused of war crimes would “dishonor” both the victims of those crimes and soldiers who served honorably.
According to two officials, President Trump has requested the paperwork needed to pardon several service members, including Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who is scheduled to stand trial in the coming weeks for shooting unarmed civilians and killing a wounded captive with a knife while in Iraq, and Nicholas Slatten, a former Blackwater security contractor found guilty of shooting dozens of unarmed Iraqis.
The pardons would reportedly take place on or around Memorial Day.
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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“These individuals have been accused or convicted of heinous war crimes, including torture, mass shootings, and other acts of violence against innocent men, women and children. They must be held accountable for their crimes, not excused for the sake of politics.
“No one is above the law. Pardoning these individuals would dishonor all those military personnel who are serving with integrity, as well as the victims of war crimes and their surviving family members.
“Instead of using Memorial Day to embrace war criminals, President Trump should recognize, mourn and uplift those who honorably fulfilled their duties as military personnel of the United States.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com