Fort Hood shooter's last chance to speak

2013-08-28 19:04
Nidal Hasan

Nidal Hasan (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Texas - The Army psychiatrist convicted of shooting dead 13 people in the worst ever attack on a US military base has one last chance on Wednesday to give a closing argument before his case goes to a military panel that can give him death or life in prison without parole.

Nidal Hasan has done nothing to argue against a death sentence, and the court-appointed lawyers on standby to help him say his ultimate goal is martyrdom.

Hasan was convicted last week in the 2009 rampage at the Texas military post, in which more than 30 people were wounded.

A military prosecutor on Wednesday said Hasan deserves to be executed, saying he "dealt death to soldiers".

Mike Mulligan told jurors that Hasan was a trained doctor yet had no compassion when he opened fire on unarmed soldiers.

Prosecutors have described the US-born Muslim's motive as a "jihad duty" under his Islamic faith.

Hasan, who has chosen to defend himself, has dismissed his standby attorneys as "overzealous".

The judge is "in a tough situation, no matter what happens", said Victor Hansen, a military law expert at the New England School of Law, in an interview earlier this month.

"At the end of the day, the defendant has the absolute right to decide who's going to represent him, including deciding to represent himself."

Prosecutors want Hasan to join just five other US service members currently on military death row.

That would require a unanimous decision by the jury of 13 military officers, and prosecutors must prove an aggravating factor and present evidence to show the severity of Hasan's crimes.

Read more on:    nidal hasan  |  us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.