NCIS Memo: Summaries of Investigations Regarding the Deaths or Mistreatment of Enemy Prisoners of War as of May 13, 2004

<p>This NCIS memo summarizes six (6) separate investigations and one preliminary inquiry regarding the death or alleged mistreatment of enemy Prisoners of War (EPWs). Portions of the report are redacted in full, but the portions that are available are reports of incidents where soldiers mostly fabricated their accounts of abusing detainees or otherwise were incapable of carrying out the suspected acts or were otherwise not acts of abuse or mistreatment.</p>

Non-legal Memo
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004

To date, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has initiated six separate investigations and one preliminary inquiry regarding the death or alleged mistreatment of enemy prisoners of war (EPWs). The case titles and control numbers are as follows: Victim: Hatab, Naeem Sadum/CTV CCN: 06JUNO3-1VIEBJ-0233-7HM.AfT 2. Victim: Mohamed, Farhad/CIV (DECEASED) CCN: 10APRO4-MEBJ-0129-7HNA \91 3. Victim: Jamadi, Manadel/CIV (DECEASED) CCN: 30NOV03-MEBJ-0529-7HNA/C 111111111.1111111IP \D" 4. Title: UNAS Whidbey Island WA/ Alleged Assault of Iraqi Prisoners of War CCN: 060CT03-NIVWH-0193-7GNAJC Status: Closed. Background: In October, 2003, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Washington, received information concerning the possible abuse of one or more EPWs by a Corpsman while he was deployed in support of Marine Corps units in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. NCIS interviewed all nine Corpsmen who deployed from the hospital to Iraq, including the one against whom the allegations were made. One Corpsman said that NM laim -1 • have "roughed up some EPWs while in Iraq". NCIS interviewedihowever,isaid he never abused or assaulted any EPWs. =did admit pushing one Eis face in the dirt and tripping other difficult EPWs ito put them on the ground while assisting USMC members conducting "pat down" searches of Iraqis taken into custody. NCIS confirmed that 1111 is not linked to other investigations into the abuse of Iraqi EPWs. A progecutive review of the investigation was conducted and it was found to have no prosecutive/disciplinary merit. 5. Title: I/First FSSG, Camp Pendleton, Ca/Alleged Execution Of Iraqi Prisoners Of War CCN: 13.IUNO3-SDPE-0125-7XMA/C Status: Closed. Background: On June 13, 2003 the NCIS Field Office at Camp Pendleton received a report from a member of Combat Services Support Company, FSSG, that while attending a party the previous night, a member of his unit, iSMC, told several other unit members that he had been ordered by his former to execute three Iraqi EPWs during April 2003. According to iwhile his unit was conducting combat operations near an abandoned Iraqi pharmaceutical factory south of Baghdad, his 111111111111111111.11111111. gave him the order and threatened to kill him if he didn't carry out the executions. miprclaims he killed the three Iraqi EPWs and disposed of the bodies in an eight-foot deep hole. Upon receipt of this report NCIS interviewed those Marines present at the party and confirmed thataillhad indeed provided this same of account of events. 111111pwas interviewed and provided an explanation concerning his previous claim that he executed three Iraqi EPWs. claimed that he was intoxicated and fabricated the entire story. imirvas provided a polygraph examination and was determined to be truthful. 6. Title: lUrd BN 5th MARREG 1st MARDIV/Alleged Execution Of Iraqi Prisoners Of War CCN: 09JUL03-MWPE-0149-7XMA/C Status: Closed. Background: On July 09, 2003 the NCIS Field Office at Camp Pendleton, California, was notified thai USMC, 2nd BN 5th MARREG, MARDIV, was being treated at the Nava Medical Center San Diego, when he was overheard bragging about stabbing dead and wounded Iraqi EPWs. NCIS interviewed Naval Medical Center personnel who reported that 111111had told several member of the staff that he was meritoriously promoted to Sgt, wounded in Iraq, awarded a Purple Heart, honored by his hometown with a ceremony and parade, and treated to dinner by his Congressman. After reporting late for a medial appointmentlimpclaimed he was delayed because he assaulted the previous night while he was assisting the San Diego Police Department. —command indicated he was not awarded a Purple Heart medal, that his wound was self-inflicted, and that command had no record of his being assaulted or assisting the local police. Additional inquires surfaced no record of a hometown ceremony parade or meritorious promotion to Sgt. To date, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has initiated six separate investigations and one preliminary inquiry regarding the death or alleged mistreatment of enemy prisoners of war (EPWs). The case titles and control numbers are as follows: 7. TITLE: V/EL GASHAME, HEMIDAN BABY HESHFAN/CIV (DESEASED) CCN: 31MAR03-111EBJ-0087-7331A/C Status: Closed Background: On March 31, 2003, NCIS Special Agents supporting USMC units in Iraq were notified that a member of the V d Regiment Combat Team (2ndRCT) 2ndMEB, shot and killed El Gashame who was being detained within the 2ndRCT EPW Collection Point near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Command members were interviewed and reported that El Gashame, a suspected Fedayeen member, was captured on March 28, 2003, and detained in the EPW Collection Point for interrogation. On March 29, 2003, El Gashame was interrogated and following this session he was placed back into his assigned detention room. IMIMIIIIIMIMIMNIIPUSMC, was tasked to guard two adjoining detention rooms, one being the room that housed El Gashame. According to command members El Gashame reportedly attackediiiIMINIPand during the struggle for IMINtweapon, El Gashame was shot and killed. NCIS processed the death scene and photographed the area to include El Gashame's body. Unit personnel reported an earlier unsuccessful attempt to takeiweapon was made by a separate EPW and El Gashame observed this episode. 1•11111111111was interviewed and confirmed that El Gashame unexpectedly came toward him, hands extended in a manner to grab his rifle and after a verbal warningishot El Gashame. The Commanding Officer determineciallig 1111Milacted in self-defense therefore no disciplinary action was pursued.