18 Jul 2007

Second court-martial for Pacific soldier

7:13 pm on 18 July 2007

The second court-martial for a Honolulu-born soldier who refused to be deployed to Iraq has been moved to October the 9th.

Lieutenant Ehren Watada's trial was to begin next week, but government and defense attorneys requested a new date.

Lt Watada is charged with missing deployment in June last year, and with conduct unbecoming an officer for comments he made about President George Bush and the Iraq war.

If convicted, he faces six years in prison and dishonourable discharge.

Lt Watada contends the war in Iraq is illegal.

His first trial ended in a mistrial.