Retired Army Maj. Gen. David Hale was ordered to pay $22,000 and was reprimanded by military judge Col. Stephen Saynisch for seven counts of "conduct unbecoming to an officer" and one obstruction of justice count. Hale was originally charged with 17 charges but nine were dropped in a plea-bargain after Hale agreed to plead guilty.
Based on the charges he faced, Hale could have spent up to 11 years in prison and could have lost his $75,000 annual Army pension. Instead, Hale will pay $10,000 and have $1,000 subtracted from his retirement pay each month for one year.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .