May 25, 2004 |
In choosing to demolish Abu Ghraib prison, where prisoners were tortured under Saddam Hussein and brutally abused by U.S. military guards, President Bush is seeking to clean up the Pentagon's image at home and abroad.
September 28, 2004 |
Pfc. Lynndie R. England, the soldier seen in some of the most notorious photos with naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, will face a court-martial in January on charges of abusing detainees, the Army said Monday. The 21-year-old reservist will be tried on 13 counts of abuse and six counts of indecent acts, said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, where the trial is scheduled for Jan. 17-28. England did not enter a plea when she was arraigned Friday.
May 23, 2006 |
A jury was chosen Monday in the court-martial of a military dog-handler charged with abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, 32, is accused of allowing his Belgian shepherd to bite a detainee on the leg badly enough to require stitches and of harassing and threatening another detainee in violation of military code. Defense attorney Harvey J. Volzer contends the aggressive use of dogs was sanctioned high up the chain of command.
June 23, 2004 |
A U.S. military court judge Tuesday rejected a motion that sought a new Article 32 investigation into allegations that Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II abused inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison. Ordering a new Article 32 investigation, the military equivalent of a grand jury inquiry, would have been tantamount to dropping the charges against Frederick, one of seven soldiers accused in the scandal. The judge, Col. James Pohl, rejected the motion during a pretrial hearing Tuesday.
May 20, 2004 |
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that a lack of clear rules from the highest levels of his command may have created the climate for abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. It was the U.S. military's most explicit acknowledgment to date that command failures may have contributed to conditions giving rise to the abuse of Iraqi detainees. Since the scandal broke last month, the Bush administration has blamed the abuse on a small number of rogue prison guards.
February 24, 2005 |
A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians, after a monthlong court-martial at a British base in Germany. The panel of seven senior officers found Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley, 25, and Cpl. Daniel Kenyon, 33, guilty. A third defendant, Lance Cpl. Darren Larkin, 30, had pleaded guilty. Sentencing for all three was set for Friday.
February 5, 2005 |
Sgt. Javal S. Davis, who admitted abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003, was sentenced Friday to six months in a military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge from the Army. A nine-man military jury deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours to determine the punishment for Davis, a former Abu Ghraib guard who confessed this week to stepping on the hands and feet of a group of handcuffed detainees and falling with his full weight on top of them.
May 18, 2004 |
Lockheed Martin Corp., which has agreed to buy defense contractor Titan Corp., said Monday that Titan employees' possible links to prisoner abuse in Iraq "were not significant to our strategic decision" to buy the San Diego firm. Titan, which provides translators and interpreters to the Army in Iraq, was named in an internal Army report about abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.