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US Army seeks death penalty in Fort Hood case

US prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty against the Army major accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, the suspect`s lawyer said on Friday.



Washington: US prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty against the Army major accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, the suspect`s lawyer said on Friday.

Prosecutors sent a notice to defence lawyers saying that Major Nidal Hasan would be charged with an "aggravating factor”, an accusation which would allow military jurors to sentence him to death, said John Galligan, one of Hasan`s lawyers.

"It is a clear indication that they intend to handle this as a capital case," Galligan said.

"I can safely attest that the current batch of prosecutors is intent on handling it as such," he said.

The "aggravating factor" outlined by prosecutors was that more than one person was killed in the same incident, he said.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged in the November 05 shooting that left 13 people dead and 42 wounded at the Fort Hood base in Texas.

A devout Muslim, Hasan had voiced doubts about Muslim soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his co-workers.

He is being investigated for links to Islamic extremism, including his contacts with a radical cleric living in Yemen who later blessed the killing spree.

PTI

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