Former Guantanamo commander charged with obstruction in civilian's death at base

A former commander at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged with obstruction of justice related to an investigation surrounding the death of a civilian worker at the base.

The Associated Press reported that Navy Capt. John Nettleton was also charged with concealing material evidence from investigators related to the death of Christopher Tur, a civilian worker who was found dead in the waters off the base's coast in January 2015.


According to the AP, Nettleton allegedly hid from investigators that he was involved in an affair with Tur's wife, and that the two men had fought the night before Tur was found dead.

Nettleton, who commanded the U.S. Navy base in Cuba but not the famous military prison at the same location, was arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to The Associated Press. His lawyer declined to comment to the AP, explaining that he had not yet viewed the indictment against his client.

The former commander was relieved of his post in Cuba shortly after Tur's death, and was reassigned to a post in Jacksonville pending the investigation's outcome.

At the time, his attorney told reporters that Nettleton was “still waiting to retire, and he had nothing to do with Tur’s death," according to the Miami Herald.