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Marines charge "abducted" corporal with desertion

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps announced late Thursday that after a five-month investigation it has filed desertion charges against a corporal who disappeared from his Iraq base and who later claimed to have been abducted and held hostage by Iraqi kidnappers. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, an Arabic translator born in Lebanon, went missing June 21, and after appearing blindfolded in a "hostage" video turned himself over to US authorities in Lebanon 10 days later. Read the official Marine Corps press release. Hassoun will be arraigned before an Article 32 hearing, but no date has been publicized. AFP has more.

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