Missing Marine in military custody

July 9, 2004 at 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- The Marine who was allegedly kidnapped in Iraq, released and then turned himself in to U.S. embassy personnel in Beirut is back in military custody.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is en route to Landstul Air Base in Germany, the Marine Corps said.

Hassoun's mysterious adventure is the subject of a Naval criminal investigation. The Lebanese-born Hassoun failed to show for duty as a truck driver and interpreter on a base in western Iraq June 20 and was initially classified as a deserter, then as missing.

When a videotape appeared with him apparently being held captive, he was reclassified as captured. He is now considered "in military custody."

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