WHAT THE HELL? WHO CARES IF THIS TALIBAN POS WAS KILLED? LET HIM LIVE, WHY SO HE CAN BE AROUND TO PLANT AN IED TO KILL MORE OF OUR SOLDIERS? THIS MAN SHOULDN’T EVEN BE ON TRIAL! HE SHOULD BE GIVEN A MEDAL! IF YOU WANT TO HOLD HANDS WITH THE TALIBAN THEN SEND IN SOCIAL WORKERS INSTEAD OF SOLDIERS!
Semrau sentencing postponed
By ALTHIA RAJ, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: September 8, 2010 3:01pm
OTTAWA — Capt. Robert Semrau will have to wait another two weeks to find out whether he’ll face prison time for shooting a wounded and unarmed Taliban insurgent on the battlefield.
Semrau was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning but the presiding military judge, Lt.-Col. Jean-Guy Perron, pushed the date back to Tuesday, Sept. 21 due to medical reasons.
Military brass had urged Perron to kick Semrau out of the Army for “unacceptable” conduct during a sentencing hearing in July.
“It’s such a blow to the credibility of the institution that I don’t think we have any option but to release him from service,” said Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, the chief of staff, land operations, who represented the chain of command.
Prosecutors suggested Semrau be made an example of: dismissed with disgrace from the Canadian Forces and sent to jail for two years less a day.
But Semrau’s lawyer, Maj. Steve Turner, suggested his client was too good a soldier to be dismissed and urged the judge to severely reprimand him and demote him a rank or two to lieutenant or second lieutenant.
Semrau, 36, was cleared of second-degree murder, attempted murder and negligence to perform his military duty after a four-month trial this spring.
But a four-member military panel found him guilty of disgraceful conduct for shooting a disarmed and wounded Afghan insurgent in October 2008. That National Defence Act charge carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.