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Wife of Navy SEAL on trial for war crimes calls prosecutors ‘corrupt and vile’

The wife of a Navy SEAL on trial for allegedly murdering an ISIS prisoner has slammed the prosecutors trying to put him behind bars as ‘vile’ and ‘corrupt’. 

Edward Gallagher remains on trial in San Diego, California, on a host of war crimes including murder and attempted murder.

Prosecutors say he killed a young ISIS fighter in Mosul in 2017 by stabbing him twice in the neck and that he revelled in the young boy’s death. 

Gallagher insists he did not kill or intend to kill the fighter and says he opened his neck with a knife to allow him to breathe through a tube because he had a collapsed lung.

Despite a different man confessing to then covering the tube with his thumb to kill the boy in a gesture of mercy so that he would not be tortured to death by Iraqi forces, prosecutors are still pursuing their case against Gallagher.

His wife Andrea spoke to ABC news this week in an interview that will air on Monday in which she slammed their efforts and said the case was weak. 

 

Andrea Gallagher slammed the prosecutors trying to put her husband in prison for murder, calling them ‘corrupt and vile’ 

Andrea is pictured with her husband Edward Gallagher outside the Naval Base in San Diego last week during another day of testimony

Andrea is pictured with her husband Edward Gallagher outside the Naval Base in San Diego last week during another day of testimony  

‘The [Uniform Code of Military Justice] UCMJ is really struggling in this matter, and also the fact that the NCIS investigator lead agent, Joe Warpinski… we will really get a chance to deem all of the things he did as completely vile and corrupt. 

‘We believe that this case never would have gotten to this point if a real investigation had been done. The fairness aspect is what we’d always been going for,’ she said.  

‘We believe that this case never would have gotten to this point if a real investigation had been done. The fairness aspect is what we’d always been going for,’ she said.

‘I feel great after a week of listening to the government’s witnesses. I feel more confident than ever that my husband will finally get his day in court and get the ability to prove his innocence. 

‘The witnesses’ inconsistencies to me were as powerful as Corey Scott taking responsibility. I felt like that every single witness they brought forward was pretty inconsistent,’ she said. 

She added that her husband remains confident he will be acquitted.  

‘He’s confident. My husband has always maintained his innocence from the beginning; he has been confident. 

‘He’s wanted to go to trial. We have waited so long for this opportunity.’

Earlier, his attorney said he was being set up by a group of Millenials who did not like his ‘old school’ leadership style. 

Corey Scott (shown in a court sketch) was called as a prosecution witness on Thursday in the case against Edward Gallagher.

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher (pictured) is on trial for murdering a young ISIS militant.

Corey Scott (left in a court sketch) was called as a prosecution witness on Thursday in the case against Edward Gallagher. Gallagher (right) has been charged with murdering the young ISIS militant by stabbing him multiple times in the neck and side but he denies it and claim she is being set up.

‘This entire case was built on a small group of people that had personal animosity towards Eddie Gallagher. 

‘The younger millennial SEALs were just there to say they were SEALs.  This is not a murder this is a mutiny,’  Tim Parlatore said.

‘This is a group of young disgruntled sailors that didn’t like being told that they were cowards and so they decided they conspired to take down the chief. They made up a story and that’s why we’re here.’ 

On Friday, SEAL Team 7’s Dalton Tolbert testified that he fired a warning shot at an old man during their 2017 tour and afterwards the man was hit by another shot.

He claimed he later heard a voice on radio say ‘you guys missed him but I got him’ and it sounded like Gallagher. But he replied to the defense that he didn’t know where the shot came from.

Regarding the stabbing of the ISIS militant, Tolbert said he arrived after the prisoner had died but he later heard Gallagher say something to the effect of: ‘I thought you guys were cool with it.’

Scott however told the court he did it because he thought the boy would have been killed by Iraqi forces anyway and that he did not want him to be tortured. 

‘I knew he was going to die anyway, and wanted to save him from waking up to whatever would have happened to him,’ he said. 

He said Gallagher was not guilty of murder and added: ‘He’s got a wife and family. 

‘I don’t think he should spend the rest of his life in prison.’  

Stunned prosecutors hit back.  

‘You can stand up there, and you can lie about how you killed the ISIS prisoner so Chief Gallagher does not have to go to jail,’ Navy prosecutor, Lt. Brian John, told him. 

Gallagher has long claimed that rather than stab the fighter, he used a knife to open his throat and insert a breathing tube. 

He had a collapsed lung after being injured in a strike and could not breathe, he said. 

The boy died in May 2017 after another group of SEALs radioed Gallagher’s men to tell them they had him. 

Gallagher and his men were on the battlefield and other witnesses testified that he said ‘leave him, he’s all mine.’ 

When they arrived, the boy was still alive, they said. 

Gallagher approached him to give him aid but, they said, out of nowhere, he stabbed the boy in his neck and in his side. 

One claimed that after the boy had died, he tried to justify it by calling him ‘just an ISIS dirtbag’. 

Gallagher is shown arriving in court with his wife Andrea on Thursday. She has supported him throughout

Gallagher is shown arriving in court with his wife Andrea on Thursday. She has supported him throughout

Photos shown to the court also showed him posing with the boy, holding him up by the head. 

But Gallagher insists he only ever tried to give him aid.  

On Thursday, Scott supported Gallagher’s version of events and said that he put his thumb over the tube once Gallagher had inserted it. 

He did admit that Gallagher stabbed the boy in the side but said he thought he would have survived it if he had not closed off his breathing tube. 

Prosecutors were stunned by the admission and told the court it was the first they had ever heard of it.    

Scott’s testimony on Thursday is the first that supports Gallagher since the trial began on Monday. 

Others have painted him as blood thirsty and say he relished in attacking Iraqis.  

Gallagher has always denied murdering the fighter and says he is being set up by the other SEALs because they did not like his style of leadership. 

His attorney says that they were angry that he had called them cowards. 

One of the SEALs told the court on Tuesday that he’d also seen Gallagher shoot at an elderly Iraqi man and group of women as they collected water from a river.  

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