Army Tries to Court Martial Watada Again

Eric Seitz
Eric Seitz

(KHNL) - The Army on Friday moved to bring Lt. Ehren Watada to trial again, filing two charges against the Hawaii-born officer.

Watada now faces charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer. He did not deploy with his unit to Iraq, citing moral and legal objections to the war.

This would not be the first time Watada has faced a court-martial for these offenses. On Feb. 7 a military judge declared a mistrial. At the time, Watada's attorney said he believed his client could not legally be tried on the same charges again, saying that would violate the principle of double jeopardy.

An Army spokesman said filing the charges allows the Army to request a new trial. The Army said it does not believe jeopardy applies to this case.

A date for a new court martial has not been set.