Marine sergeant’s trial in Muslim recruit’s death to start

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A court-martial is due to start this week for a Marine Corps drill instructor charged with abusing two Muslim recruits, one of whom leaped to his death last year after a reported altercation.

The trial of Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix could begin as early as Tuesday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The charges include cruelty and maltreatment and follow an investigation into the death of 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, Michigan, at Parris Island, South Carolina.

The Marine Corps delayed Monday’s scheduled trial starting date because of a personal matter for one of the lawyers, The Island Packet of Hilton Head, South Carolina, reports .

Since Siddiqui’s death was declared suicide, the Marine Corps said it uncovered widespread hazing of recruits and young drill instructors and identified up to 20 people possibly tied to misconduct.