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US suspect: 'Would still be a martyr' if executed

US soldier accused in rampage said execution would still make him a martyr

US suspect: 'Would still be a martyr' if executed

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base told mental health professionals that he "would still be a martyr" if convicted and executed by the government.

The remarks made by Nidal Hasan in 2010 are being made public as his standby defense attorneys insist he's trying to get a death sentence.

Hasan is representing himself as he faces murder charges for the attack that killed 13 people.

The New York Times obtained Hasan's statements from a report that concluded he was mentally fit to stand trial. The newspaper obtained the documents from Hasan's former attorney, John Galligan.

Galligan didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.

Hasan has asked no questions of shooting victims during trial. Prosecutors were calling expert witnesses Tuesday.


Updated : 2021-05-19 06:34 GMT+08:00