Marine who vanished in Iraq has court hearing

Associated Press

Camp LeJeune, N.C. — A Marine who mysteriously disappeared in Iraq 10 years ago is due in military court after an investigation into whether he deserted his unit.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is scheduled to appear at Camp Lejeune Thursday in an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury. He arrived Thursday morning wearing fatigues and escorted by military police.

Investigators are looking at whether he deserted his unit in Iraq in 2004. He turned up days later after photos were released of him in a blindfold with a sword above his head. He said he was kidnapped by insurgents, but some in the military doubted his story.

Back in the U.S., he disappeared again when he failed to return to Camp Lejeune in January 2005 after a visit with family.