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Hasan allowed 'martyr' report release

15 August 2013, 11:21

Texas - The US army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage among fellow soldiers at Fort Hood says he authorised the release of a report that shows he told mental health experts he "would still be a martyr" if executed.

Nidal Hasan told the judge on Wednesday he wasn't forced to disclose the report and knew that releasing it could make it available to prosecutors.

Hasan's civilian lawyer released the documents to The New York Times, which published its contents on Tuesday.

Attorneys ordered to help Hasan have said they think he is trying to get the death penalty.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He has told jurors he was the gunman.

- AP


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