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Fort 'gunman' gives up citizenship

The army psychiatrist accused of the Fort Hood shooting rampage has renounced his US citizenship and released more of his writings about America and Islam, days before he is due to go on trial. posted documents in which Major Nidal Hasan renounced his citizenship and soldier's oath and denounced democracy.

Hasan is charged over the November 2009 rampage that killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 people at the Texas army base. His court-martial is due to start on Tuesday.

The renunciation of US citizenship is contained in a handwritten note dated October 18 2012, Fox News said. A typewritten note that does not have a date says it is not "permissible" for someone to prefer American democracy over traditional Islamic Sharia law, the network also said.

Hasan wrote that Muslims should not "compromise their beliefs" for the sake of non-Muslims.

He also wrote about Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical US-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. The government has said that Hasan, a US-born Muslim, had sent more than a dozen emails to al-Awlaki starting in December 2008. Hasan described al-Awlaki as his "teacher, mentor and friend", Fox News said.

The documents were released by Hasan through his lawyer for civil issues, John Galligan. The Belton, Texas, brief confirmed that he provided the writings to Fox News at Hasan's direction.

Hasan, who could receive the death penalty if convicted, faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. He is representing himself at his court-martial.


From Belfast Telegraph