Retired Maj. Gen. David Hale has been charged with seven counts of "conduct unbecoming to an officer and a gentleman" and one count of making false official statements and is slated to face a court martial.
Although Hale was originally accused of 17 violations of military law, but nine of the charges were dropped after Hale waived his right to a preliminary "Article 32" hearing, which is the military's equivalent of a grand jury.
Hale is accused of having affairs with the wives of four subordinate officers. At least one of the wives has accused Hale of forcing her into a sexual relationship by threatening to charge her husband with adultery -- an offense that could cost him his job.
Hale is the second Army general to face a general court martial and the first to be charged as a retiree.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .