Trump forbids US Navy from expelling SEAL accused of war crimes Nov 22, 2019 0 627 12345 AFPWashingtonDonald Trump on Thursday told the US Navy not to pursue any efforts to oust from the elite SEAL commando unit a member accused of war crimes and then given clemency by the Republican president.Trump’s statement came just one day after the Navy launched a procedure that could end with Edward Gallagher and three other members of his unit being stripped of their Trident pins -- effectively booting them from the SEALs.“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!” Trump tweeted.In July, the 40-year-old Gallagher was acquitted of charges related to the stabbing death of a wounded Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017, attempted murder of other civilians and obstruction of justice.But he was convicted of a lesser charge -- posing with the slain fighter’s body in a group picture with other SEALs -- and demoted one rank, from chief petty officer to petty officer first class.Last week, Trump reversed the demotion and granted clemency to Gallagher, whose case had been championed by Fox News, which the president follows closely.A panel of Navy SEAL officers had been set to convene in December to decide whether Gallagher can remain in the unit.It was to deliver an opinion to the commander of the US Navy’s special forces, who would then make a recommendation to naval command, which has the final say.The intervention by Trump -- commander-in-chief of the US military -- throws that process into doubt.Also last week, Trump dismissed a second degree murder conviction against Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who was six years into a 19-year term for ordering soldiers in 2012 to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, two of whom died. RELATED ARTICLES Labour launches ‘radical’ manifesto for UK election Nov 22, 2019 0 343 Republicans fall for Russia-made ‘fiction’ on Ukraine: Trump’s ex-Russia adviser Nov 22, 2019 0 677 16 found sealed inside trailer on a ferry bound for Ireland Nov 22, 2019 0 265 67 dogs tested in France in search for woman’s killers Lille: French police investigating the death of a pregnant woman mauled to death by dogs while walking in the woods have carried out DNA tests on 67 dogs to try identify those that attacked her, investigators said .. Thousands protest in Colombia over economic policies, armed conflict Bogota: Thousands of Colombians were on Thursday taking to the streets to demonstrate against liberal economic policies and armed conflict amid fears from the government that the country could join the violent protest .. Mexicans sue Walmart over El Paso shooting Mexico City: Mexico’s government has helped 10 Mexican citizens file lawsuits against Walmart over an August shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, where a suspected white nationalist killed 22 people. “The objective of .. US lawyers urge Prince Andrew to cooperate with Epstein investigators London : US lawyers for alleged victims of late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday urged Britain’s Prince Andrew to cooperate with investigators, insisting he was “simply not credible” in .. Trump says he will release finances before election AFP Washington Donald Trump said on Thursday he would publish information about his finances before next year’s presidential election, as Democrats and prosecutors try to get his tax returns against his will. Trump, ..