U.S. Navy SEAL acquitted of most serious charges in war crimes trial

 U.S. Navy SEAL acquitted of most serious charges in war crimes trial

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with committing war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other counts except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Islamic State fighter.

The seven-member jury deliberated for about eight hours before delivering its verdict in the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated career combat veteran whose case had drawn the interest of U.S. President Donald Trump.

(Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Updated Date: Jul 03, 2019 04:05:47 IST