A US soldier who played a lead role in the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq has been sentenced to ten years in jail.
A military jury in Texas found Charles Graner guilty of ten charges including assault, maltreatment of detainees and committing indecent acts.
He had faced a maximum 15 year jail term. As he was led away he told reporters he had no regrets about what had taken place
The former prison guard was captured in photos that showed sexual humiliation of naked inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. Throughout the trial he maintained he was following orders.
Outside the court his mother said the blame went right to the top
“My son was convicted the day President Bush went on television and said seven bad apples disgraced a country. Well in my opinion, Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush disgraced the country. He got ten years for something he was told to do,” Irma Jean Graner said.
Four other soldiers were convicted last year on similar charges after pleading guilty. A further two are awaiting trail including Lynndie England who was Graner’s lover at the time. She has since had a baby, Graner is believed to be the father.