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Hasan Guilty on All Charges

Aug 23, 2013

US Army Major Nidal Hasan was found guilty on all charges in a mass shooting at a Texas military base in 2009, news reports said Friday.

The military jury found Hasan guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, CNN and the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The sentencing phase of the court martial, due to start Monday, will determine whether Hasan, a psychiatrist, will receive the death penalty.

Hasan admitted he was the shooter and sought to plead guilty, but military legal rules do not allow guilty pleas in cases that carry the death penalty.

Hasan pointed to his religious views and desire to protect the Taliban from US troops as his reason for carrying out the attack.

He opened fire on November 5, 2009 at a Fort Hood, Texas, facility where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, killing 13 soldiers. He was shot by police officers and is paralysed from the waist down as a result.

Hasan believed he had a jihadist duty to kill as many soldiers as possible, prosecutors said in closing arguments Thursday.

Hasan, who is serving as his own attorney, offered no closing arguments after earlier calling no witnesses and offering no defence of his actions.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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