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US soldier guilty of Abu Ghraib abuse

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US soldier guilty of Abu Ghraib abuse


An American military court has found army reservist Sabrina Harman guilty of abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Harman was found guilty of six of seven counts, and now faces up to five-and-a-half years in jail. Hers was only the second Abu Ghraib case to go to trial. The 27-year-old appeared in some of the most notorious of the photos, which surfaced a year ago.

The military panel found Harman placed wires on a hooded Iraqi and warned him he would be electrocuted if he stepped off a box. That was despite another soldier testifying that he placed the wires.

A total of eight US soldiers have been convicted over Abu Ghraib abuses, including ringleader Charles Graner who was jailed for 10 years in January. Most of those convicted insisted they had followed orders from military intelligence officers to “soften up” prisoners before they were interrogated.

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