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November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
The authorized biography of former prisoner-of-war Pfc. Jessica Lynch says she was raped by her Iraqi captors, a family spokesman said Thursday. "The book does cover the subject," spokesman Stephen Goodwin told the Associated Press. "It's a very difficult subject." The book -- "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story" -- is being released by Knopf publishing on Tuesday, Veterans Day. Reporter Rick Bragg, who wrote the book, tells Lynch's story.
October 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Iraqi lawyer who helped U.S. forces in the rescue of Jessica Lynch toured the soldier's hometown of Palestine and visited a garden planted in his honor. "I will not forget. It will stay with me, in my mind, in my heart," said Mohammed al-Rehaief as he helped plant a ceremonial yellow mum. But al-Rehaief was unable to meet with Lynch during a four-day tour of the state.
October 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Military prosecutors say they are so overworked they need to delay the case against a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling secrets at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects, the chaplain's lawyer said. Military trial rules require hearings for Capt. James Joseph Yee by Dec. 10, defense lawyer Eugene Fidell said. No hearings have been scheduled, and military prosecutors want that deadline delayed by another 45 days, Fidell said.
September 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
Investigators from the British and U.S. militaries have cleared a British officer of allegations that he mistreated prisoners of war in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense said Monday. Ministry of Defense police concluded that no criminal proceedings should be undertaken against Col. Tim Collins, who made headlines on the eve of war with a stirring speech to his unit, the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment. The investigation was prompted by a U.S.
July 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
American prisoners of war tortured by Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War cannot be compensated from Iraqi bank accounts seized by the U.S. government, a federal judge ruled. The decision is a financial and legal victory for the Bush administration, which fought to block 17 former POWs and 37 family members from claiming the frozen accounts to pay some of the record $653-million judgment they won earlier this month against Saddam Hussein's government.
July 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
Assets seized from the Iraqi government should be used to rebuild the country and not to compensate 17 Americans held captive in Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Justice Department lawyers told a judge Tuesday. Attorneys for the former prisoners of war argued that a 1996 federal law should give them access to the money. The case before U.S. District Judge Richard W.
July 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court Wednesday refused to rehear the claims of an American-born man captured in Afghanistan who says he is being unconstitutionally held in a military jail as an "enemy combatant." A three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected the claims of Yaser Esam Hamdi, 22, in January, ruling that the government has wide latitude to detain people caught fighting against the United States on foreign soil during wartime.
May 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
PALESTINE, W. Va. -- Friends and family of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch avoided talking Thursday about reports that U.S. troops made her rescue from an Iraqi hospital unnecessarily dramatic and that the Pentagon overstated the risks. "The politics of war never enter our minds. Our big concern is Jessi is alive," said Lew Peck, a Wirt County deputy sheriff and family friend. "The politics, if they want to fight it out on TV, I don't care."
May 14, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles lambasted the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to make good on its promise to hold military tribunals for more than 600 war-on-terror detainees being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz's criticism came in a written opinion rejecting a habeas corpus petition brought on behalf of Falen Gherebi, a 45-year-old Libyan who has been held prisoner by U.S. authorities for more than a year.
April 19, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military has released 887 Iraqi prisoners of war, but some of the nearly 7,000 remaining prisoners could be kept in U.S. custody for many months as the Bush administration weighs how to handle irregular fighters, Pentagon officials said Friday. Most of the prisoners being held at a makeshift prison in the southern Iraqi city of Umm al Qasr are conventional soldiers who, under international law, must be released by war's end, Pentagon officials said.
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