Army Generals To Testify If They Were Pressured By Pentagon In Sexual Assault Allegations

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A judge has ordered two U.S. Army generals to testify about whether they were pressured by superiors to charge another general with the alleged sexual assault of a female captain.

Military judge Col. James Pohl on Tuesday granted a pre-trial motion from lawyers representing accused Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. It compels testimony by Gen. Dan Allyn and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt.

Sinclair's legal team alleges that top Pentagon officials may have placed improper pressure on Allyn, then the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

A court martial for Sinclair is scheduled to begin June 25 on charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.

Allyn could testify as soon as Wednesday. It is not clear when current Bragg commander Colt might take the stand.




 
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