A ruling in January from a Navy judge in the case of a SEAL accused of war crimes, including stabbing an injured ISIS prisoner, has recently shed light on the reasoning to keep him imprisoned.
One witness claimed to hear Navy SEAL. Chief Edward & # 39; Eddie & # 39; Gallagher, 39, threatens to kill someone who spoke in 2017 about the fatal stabbing of a non-combative ISIS hunter, according to legal documents obtained by the San Diego Tribune.
Another detail in the ruling also claims that in July 2014, Gallagher deliberately drove his car to a police officer at Naval Base Coronado.
Navy Judge Captain & # 39; Rugh & # 39; s January & # 39; findings of facts & # 39; previously disclosed details that, according to the court, supported a decision to hold Gallagher in court.
Newly released details of a Navy judge's verdict in January sheds light on allegations of harassment of witnesses that led to SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher & # 39; s continuing limited detention
Edward Gallagher is accused of repeatedly stabbing an injured teenage hunter from the Islamic State who was imprisoned during a 2017 entry
A defense lawyer for Gallagher contested the allegations of the leaked ruling, according to Business Insider, and said the threats to kill fellow SEAL & # 39; completely fabricated & # 39; to be.
Gallagher, currently imprisoned in Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar military prison in California on charges of premeditated murder and severe assault, has become a cause of some politicians after family and supporters lobbyed for less restrictive detention.
He is accused of murdering the 15-year-old hunter of the Islamic state he had in his hands by repeatedly throwing a knife into the body of the already injured prisoner.
In Rugh's judgment, members of the pack met to discuss the incident, and one member allegedly heard Gallagher say he would kill the person who would speak to him if he found out who it was.
The next night another witness said that Gallagher had reportedly asked about the names of & # 39; every platoon member who disagreed with his acts & # 39 ;.
Navy Judge Captain Aaron Rugh (shown here as a commander on October 28, 2015) ruled in January that a pattern of witness intimidation by the accused Edward Gallagher led to his limited detention
The guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale leaves Naval Base Coronado in this file photo. Another detail of Rugh & # 39; s statement is an incident in 2014, in which Gallagher intentionally drove a vehicle with a police officer
Allegedly, Gallagher held his ceremony by the corpse and proposed a photo with the body of the militant and sent it to another SEAL, a Chief Warrant Officer.
Other SEALS claimed to have seen Gallagher shooting an older man, a girl in a floral hijab, and hurrying up and missing a 12-year-old girl.
A witness to the stabbing incident said that Gallagher claimed to have incriminating information about him and other platoon members and that he & # 39; would take them all down & # 39 ;.
According to Rugh, Gallagher is said to have conspired to place witnesses on a Facebook group that was limited to SEAL & # 39; s to have them excluded.
Gallagher, a SEAL with nearly two decades of service, was also accused of snipping to civilians during his travels of duty
Details in the statement describe witnesses who claimed that Gallagher shot an older man and young girls, one at the age of 12, from a sniper position
Rugh & # 39; s statement concluded that based on Gallagher & # 39; s & # 39; continued and methodical acts of harassment of witnesses & # 39; that his riding position was necessary.
In February, a military judge dropped two charges against the vet – charges for alleged execution of the reenlistment ceremony next to the corpse and for operating a drone over the corpse.
It was unclear what became of the allegations of major accidents and disorderly conduct in 2014 at Naval Base Coronado.
He is still confronted with allegations of premeditated murder for stabbing the teenager and severe assault for firing rounds at civilians.
Andrea Gallagher, left, with husband Edward Gallagher, center and their son. According to Edward's lawyers, he currently has no contact with his wife and son, who live in Florida, except & # 39; in the presence of a commander or lawyer & # 39;
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Since January his case has been taken over by Congress representatives and President Trump who said that Gallagher would be handed over while waiting for the court in March.
However, Andrea Gallagher, Edward's wife, appeared on Fox & # 39; s & # 39; America & # 39; s Newsroom in an attempt to inform Trump that her husband was reportedly still confined.
& # 39; It is an absolute nightmare. And I just want to let the President know he's being lied to, & said Andrea Gallagher. & # 39; Corruption is involved from above and we want to expose it. & # 39;
According to Gallagher's lawyers, some of the limitations for him include that he must be in full uniform all day, limited to a vending machine and on-site supermarket, and has no contact with his wife and son, who live in Florida, except & # 39; in the presence of a commander or a defense lawyer & # 39 ;.
A hearing on the current detention of Gallagher is planned for April 18.