In an interview provided to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who is advocating on the Green Beret’s behalf, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland gives the details of what happened that day, and tells us what we already know. Kicking him out of the army was morally wrong.
In the statement obtained by Fox News, Martland detailed the day in 2011 that he and his team leader started a fight with local police commander Abdul Rahman, who allegedly raped a young boy multiple times. According to a separate statement from the team leader, Capt. Daniel Quinn, Rahman allegedly kept a young boy tied to a pole in his house, where he raped him repeatedly from 10 days to two weeks. Rahman’s brother was instructed to beat the child’s mother when she attempted to intervene, which he did.
Martland called Rahman a “brutal rapist” and said he and Quinn confronted him after confirming the allegations with several elders.
Rahman admitted to the act and ”the child rapist laughed it off and referenced that it was only a boy,” Martland said.
“Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him,” Martland said. “I [proceeded to] body-slam him multiple times.”
“I kicked him once in his ribcage after one of the body slams,” Martland said in the statement. “I put my foot on his neck and yelled at him after one body slam, but did not kick or punch him in the face. I continued to body-slam him and throw him for 50 meters until he was outside the camp.”
In his statement, Quinn said he physically threw Rahman off the camp through the front gates.
“He was never knocked out, and he ran away from our camp. It did not last longer than five minutes. The child rapist’s allegations against us are ridiculous,” Martland said.
Kicking Martland out of the army is basically saying that the United States Army is alright with a young boy being raped. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of Afghan culture. It’s part of American culture to stand up for people who can’t defend themselves. If you’re in position to help somebody like that, aren’t you morally obligated to do so? Martland should be getting a medal, not a discharge.
Fox News is now reporting that the Green Beret has lost his appeal:
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told Martland that his appeal “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal.
“Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office wrote in a memo to Martland.