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Stuart Scheller sentenced to reprimand and $5,000 fine for Afghanistan criticism

Stuart Scheller sentenced to reprimand and $5,000 fine for Afghanistan criticism
Lt Col Stuart Scheller was sentenced to $5,000 in docked pay and an official letter of reprimand over his public critique of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left 13 Americans dead.

Lt Col Stuart Scheller was sentenced to $5,000 in docked pay and an official letter of reprimand over his public critique of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left 13 Americans dead.

Mr Scheller reportedly escaped an additional $5,000 fine after spending nine days in a military prison before the court-martial at Camp Lejeune, Carolina do Norte.

In delivering his sentence, Judge Colonel Glen Hines said he watched all of Mr Scheller’s videos and “saw a man who appeared to be in pain, frustrated and confused," de acordo com The Daily Mail.

While Mr Scheller left the court, along with his parents, without making further comment, his attorney Tim Palatore told reporters that the judge’s decision was fair and that they were “very pleased” with the result.

The sentence follows Mr Scheller’s guilty plea on Thursday to six misdemeanour charges, including conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, contempt, disrespect, disobedience and dereliction of duties.

Mr Scheller rose to national prominence after posting videos to Facebook and LinkedIn as the deadly retreat from Afghanistan left the Taliban in control of the country with billions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

He was fired on 27 August after calling on his supporters to help him to “bring the whole f*cking system down”.

Despite a “gag order”, he continued to call for accountability from the US military’s leadership, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, and announced his intentions to charge the head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie Jr, with “dereliction of duty”.

But before he could bring his own charges of dereliction of duty, Mr Scheller was taken into custody on 27 September and thrown in the brig ahead of being charged and court-martialed.

Judge Hines said Mr Scheller’s service record was “outstanding” before the series of videos in the aftermath of the chaotic evacuation from Kabul’s airport.

“I don’t think I’ve seen an officer consistently in, as we say, the top three blocks of the Christmas tree. He was on a consistent upward path," ele disse, as reported by The Daily Mail. “[Mas] Those who deviated from standards have to be held accountable," ele adicionou.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.