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US soldier set to plead guilty to Abu Ghraib abuse

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US soldier set to plead guilty to Abu Ghraib abuse


US soldier Lynndie England is set to plead guilty to abusing prisoners at the infamous Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

The 22-year-old had been due to go on trial in Texas on Monday, on nine charges. Instead her lawyer says she will plead guilty to seven counts including cruelty and maltreatment and committing indecent acts. Photos of her holding an Iraqi inmate on a leash and pointing at inmates’ genitals are among the most infamous images of US abuses. Charles Graner, the presumed ringleader who fathered a child with England, will testify at her sentence hearing. He hopes to reduce his own ten-year sentence. England’s lawyers will argue she has learning difficulties. She may face no more than 30 months in jail. Seven soldiers have already been convicted over Abu Ghraib. More senior officers have been cleared of any blame. Despite President Bush’s promises, the prison that was a symbol of torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime has not been demolished.
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