[size=36]Trump issues amnesty decree for US officer who killed a wounded Iraqi boy[/size]
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US President Donald Trump has pardoned a US officer who killed a wounded Iraqi boy.
The White House said: "Donald Trump signed a decree pardoning the first lieutenant in the military Clint Lawrence and the Army Major Matthew Golstein."
"He also signed a decree concerning the return of Eddie Gallagher, who commanded a platoon of the Navy, to his former rank before his trial, after he was found not guilty in almost all the charges against him."
"For more than 200 years, US presidents have used their power to give second opportunities to individuals they deserve, including military personnel who have served our country. These latest measures are consistent with this long history," the statement said.
Last year, Golestin, an Army Special Forces officer, was charged with killing an Afghan citizen in Afghanistan in 2010.
Gallagher, a platoon commander of the US Navy Special Forces and a medal, was charged with various war crimes while in Iraq in 2017 and has been detained since September 2018. After being told by elements of his unit were under his command and horrified his actions.
Gallagher was accused of killing a wounded boy prisoner while receiving treatment, with knife stabs in the chest and neck.