HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on a Hawaii-based soldier being arrested on terrorism charges (all times local):
But retired Col. Gregory Gross says the Army may have decided Kang was just mouthing off and wasn’t a threat. The Army later referred Kang’s case to the FBI after it appeared the soldier was being radicalized.
Gross served as the initial judge in the court martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009.
Gross said Tuesday he’s concerned by the similarities between Kang’s and Hasan’s cases.
The father of a U.S. soldier arrested on terrorism charges says his son may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Authorities say Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, 34 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and said he wanted to “kill a bunch of people.”
Clifford Kang tells KHON-TV that he became concerned after his son’s return from Afghanistan and Iraq. He says he told his son “maybe he had PTSD.”
Kang says his son had a Quran and had even given him one.
Kang’s court-appointed defense attorney, Birney Bervar, said it appears his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat.
An active duty U.S. soldier is in custody on terrorism charges after authorities say he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and said he wanted to “kill a bunch of people.”
Kang made an initial appearance in court Monday.
Kang’s defense attorney says it appears his 34-year-old client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. Lawyer Birney Bervar declined to elaborate.
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