A witness at the court martial of a Navy SEAL accused of killing an ISIS captive in 2017 may now face perjury charges after his testimony contradicted previous official statements he made in the case, the Daily Mail reported.
Corey Scott claimed in court that he, not Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, killed the Islamic State prisoner. His lawyer then received notification that Scott could face perjury charges because of his testimony.
Scott was supposed to receive immunity in exchange for his truthful testimony against Gallagher. “We are reviewing Petty Officer Scott’s statements in light of his recent testimony but no decisions have been made,” a Navy spokesperson said.
Scott testified that he held his thumb over the adolescent prisoner’s breathing tube after Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed him. He said he thought that the prisoner would survive the stab wound and didn’t want him to be tortured by Iraqi forces.
When told he had never mentioned the asphyxiation in any of their previous conversations, Scott said that no one had asked about the manner of death. Gallagher pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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