Court-martial has begun for a second Navy SEAL said to be involved in the alleged murder of an ISIS prisoner in 2017.
Lt. Jacob Portier was arraigned Tuesday at Naval Base San Diego, prompting a court-martial for offenses related to the alleged murder of an ISIS prisoner carried out by Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, Portier’s subordinate, according to an Associated Press report on Tuesday.
Portier faces numerous charges, including dereliction of duty, failure to report a war crime, destruction of evidence, and interfering with an investigation.
He is accused of carrying out Gallagher’s re-enlistment ceremony with the ISIS prisoner’s body, and encouraging fellow SEALs to pose for photos next to the body.
Portier was reportedly not present at the time of the ISIS prisoner’s death, allegedly carried out by Gallagher. He alleges he was told of the incident and reported it to superiors. It is not known whether or not Portier actually knew of the incident earlier.