Closing Arguments in Military Inquiry

Closing arguments are underway before a military panel investigating the fatal shooting of Afghan civilians in an incident involving a Marine special operations unit.

The Court of Inquiry will hear statements Tuesday before
reviewing about 5,000 pages of evidence related to the March 4
shootings. The court will recommend whether criminal charges be
filed against two officers in charge of the unit.

A government lawyer said the unit was out to prove itself and
ignored initial orders to only gather intelligence. Major Phillip
Sanchez also accused Marines of lying during testimony about
another incident.

Civilian lawyer Knox Nunnally said the Marines were treated
unfairly. He also said Afghans who said they were wounded were told
by village elders to lie to collect government payments.