MILITARY

Marine who vanished in Iraq a decade ago faces desertion trial in Camp Lejeune

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun's trial on desertion accusations starts Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)  (The Associated Press)

The trial is beginning for a Marine who vanished in Iraq a decade ago and then wound up in Lebanon.

Cpl. Wassef Hassoun's desertion trial starts Monday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Defense attorneys maintain he was kidnapped in 2004 by insurgents and later became tangled up in Lebanese courts. But prosecutors allege Hassoun fled his post because he was unhappy with his deployment and how U.S. troops treated Iraqis.

A September report from the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing acknowledges prosecutors could have a hard time tracking down witnesses from a decade ago.

Hassoun disappeared from a base in Fallujah in June 2004 and later appeared in a photo purportedly taken by insurgents.