The U.S Army have rejected the appeal of one former Green Beret (U.S special forces), who was kicked out after beating a child rapist.
Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, 33, had been a Beret for 11 years, yet was discharged after the incident, and has now been told his case does not meet the criteria for an appeal.
Martland, from Massachusetts, had shoved an Afghanistan police commander to the ground after he had been accused of raping a 12-year-old boy.
The incident happened in the Kunduz Province in 2011, with Martland shoving the commander – who he was mentoring – to the ground, after he laughed about the alleged attack, and reportedly also beat up the young boy’s mother for threatening to report the attack.
This is despite U.S officers being told to investigate the way Afghan officers and troops sexually abused young boys, with Martland’s supporters set to appeal to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
California Representative Duncan Hunter wrote to Carter, damning the decision:
The fact that this one incident — an incident that was seriously misinterpreted by Army leadership, without even taking into consideration the moral necessity to intervene — is now the determining factor in SFC Martland’s career is a black mark for the U.S. Army.
This year, Martland wrote to the Army regarding the incident, stating he ‘could no longer stand by and allow our A.L.P. [Afghan Local Police] to commit atrocities’.
Despite calls for his case to be reconsidered, Martland was told to leave the army.