Marine deserter loses book, movie deal

Jan. 21, 2005 at 11:37 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The brother of a U.S. Marine who deserted the military twice says his latest disappearance has scuttled a potentially million-dollar book deal.

Mohamed Hassoun, the brother of Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, said the two were in negotiations for a book and film deal before Wassef disappeared during the holidays, the Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News reported.

"There are no current negotiations right now," Mohamad Hassoun said Thursday from his home in West Jordan.

Wassef went missing from his U.S. military base in Fallujah last June, only to appear blindfolded in an alleged terrorist video saying he had been kidnapped. He later presented himself to U.S. embassy officials in Lebanon, and returned to the United States. He spent several months being re-acclimated and debriefed.

The Marine Corps investigated his disappearance and determined it to be desertion. He was to face charges this month, but disappeared again in December when he was allowed to leave Camp LeJeune on holiday leave.

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