The Sheik of Rutbah
The The Seattle Times reports on a bizarre war crimes crime taking place at Fort Carson, Colorado. It seems that Captain Shawn Martin went a bit Apocalypse Now while in Iraq.
The trial of an Army captain accused of assaulting Iraqi civilians began yesterday with a witness testifying that the officer, Capt. Shawn Martin, saw himself as a “sheik” or “king” of Rutbah, the small Iraqi desert town under his supervision. Martin faces eight counts of assault and one count each of obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming of an officer. Lt. Joseph Heyman testified he saw Martin point a gun at the head of an Iraqi detainee and shout, “What do you know about this? If you don’t tell me, I swear I’ll kill you.”
Prosecutors have also said Martin beat Iraqis with an aluminum baseball bat and once fired his pistol at the feet of an Iraqi suspect during an interrogation.