A post on the website of the law firm Pucket and Faraj on Sunday announced that the military has decided to cancel the deposition of Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspect behind the brutal killing of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. A government trip to Iraq that was scheduled so as to depose Abed has been cancelled by Major General Cleveland after two military judges have ruled on the SEALs’ cases.
Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe, one of three Navy SEALs involved in the case and the only one accused of actually hitting the detainee, is represented by Neal Puckett.
“This leaves the SO2 McCabe defense and government teams without the Iraqi detainee’s presence or sworn statements as evidence in the case,” according to the post on Puckett’s website.
All three lawyers representing the SEALs have requested for the deposition in relation to their clients’ cases. For the cases of Navy SEALs Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe, the request for deposition was denied, but the court-martials were moved to Iraq. In the case of Matthew McCabe, the military judge who ruled on the case upheld the government request for a deposition and a special court-martial was scheduled for May 3rd in Norfolk, Virginia.
In an article on The US Report, writer Chris Carter opines that the case of the prosecution against McCabe, Huertas and Keefe “appears weak.” Carter continues by pointing out the stipulation in the Al Qaeda training manual instructing captured members to complain of abuse as well as the SEALs’ decision to undergo a trial to clear their name and protect their careers.