Former Green Beret pleaded not guilty to murdering suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan

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A former U.S. Army commando has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he murdered a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan in 2010.

Maj. Mathew Golsteyn was arraigned on Thursday during a hearing at Fort Bragg Military base in North Carolina on a murder charge, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

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The charge announced last year stems from the former Green Beret's 2010 deployment to Afghanistan when he's accused of improperly killing the suspected bomb-maker.

Golsteyn has contended the killing was justified under wartime circumstances. Golsteyn's wife, son and parents were present at the short hearing.

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The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who suggested last year in a tweet that he would look into the matter.

Trump reportedly previously asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several U.S. military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including Golsteyn who he has previously called a 'war hero'.

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In an interview with CBS that aired May 20, Golsteyn's wife Julie hit back at the suggestion that her husband assassinated the unarmed Afghan man.

'Assassinate? No. My husband took care of an enemy combatant who did harm and was planning to do more harm,' she said.

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Her comments were made after officials told the New York Times that Trump had requested the immediate preparation of paperwork needed, indicated that he is considering pardons for military members around Memorial Day, though Golsteyn would likely not have been eligible for a pardon at that time, as a person must generally be convicted before they can be pardoned.

Golsteyn is accused of shooting the Afghan man - referred to as 'Rasoul' - in February 2010. Rasoul had been detained and questioned over a bombing that killed two Marines but was later released because...
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