Jury selection to begin for Navy SEAL accused of war crimes

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UPDATED 7:00 AM PT — Monday, June 17, 2019

Jury selection is set to begin for a Navy SEAL facing charges in connection with the murder of an ISIS prisoner. The trial for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher will begin Monday in a San Diego court.

Gallagher has pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder in the 2017 killing of a terrorist and the attempted murder of two Iraqi citizens. His lawyers want the case dismissed, because they say investigators and prosecutors violated his rights to a fair trial by withholding evidence and tracking his emails.

FILE – In this Thursday, May 30, 2019, file photo, Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Julie Watson, File)

One America News spoke with Gallagher’s brother, who said the claims against him are false.

“What has been infuriating for our family is that mountains of evidence — direct witness testimony, video and photographic evidence, and testimony from Iraqis, who have no vested interest in my brother’s case — has all said the charges against my brother, Chief Eddie Gallagher, are false, baseless and did not happen,” said Sean Gallagher.

President Trump is weighing pardons for several service members accused of war crimes, and Gallagher is reportedly up for consideration. His case is set to last for about a month, and he faces life in prison if convicted.