In The News (ITN): Islamic World Newswire; Muslim World News: US Marine, Andre Shepherd, seeks asylum in GermanyIn The News (ITN): Islamic World Newswire; Muslim World News: US Marine, Andre Shepherd, seeks asylum in Germany: "An AWOL Cleveland soldier may become the first to test German and international laws that could grant asylum to deserters.
Spc. Andre Shepherd, 31, had served in Iraq as an Apache helicopter mechanic, and was based in Germany when he went absent without leave a year and a half ago.
On the Military Counseling Network's Web site, he called the war in Iraq 'illegal,' 'internationally condemned' and 'shown to be founded on a series of lies.'
Shepherd said in a telephone interview Monday that he originally wanted to settle in Germany, where he had been living underground since deserting, but found that he would not be allowed without proof of his discharge from the Army."