TAYLOR— Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) told The Detroit Free Press that the Marine drill instructor accused of hitting and calling a Muslim recruit a “terrorist” is anticipated to go through an initial hearing this month to determine whether he will be charged.
The recruit, Raheel Siddiqui , 20, died last March 18 at Parris Island, S.C. An investigation revealed that the instructor’s abusive actions possibly led Siddiqui to jump from a stairwell.
However, almost a year since Siddiqui’s death, no charges have been filed against the instructor who had allegedly beat him and forced him to run back and forth in a training barracks, even after Siddiqui asked for medical care.
Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Marine Corps officials have told him that an Article 32 hearing is predicted to happen at the end of the month to evaluate probable criminal charges against the drill instructor.
Peters was unable to give a date for the hearing or summarize the charges being considered.