U.S. soldier Lynndie England has been sentenced to three years jail for abusing prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
A military prosecutor said 22-year-old England humiliated prisoners because she enjoyed it and had a sick sense of humour. But her attorneys said she had an over compliant personality. They said that she was in thrall to Charles Grainer, the abuse ringleader and father of her 11-month-old child.
The photographs of England with Iraqi prisoners made headlines across the world and caused major damage to America’s image. The abuse took place in a part of the prison where England, an administrative clerk, did not have any responsibilities.
The Abu Ghraib scandal led to a series of prosecutions or plea-bargains involvoing low-level soldiers. The military has also reprimanded some higher-ranking officials. Allegations have also surfaced of hundreds of other cases of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Grainer is serving 10 years for his role in the abuse. He has always claimed he was acting on behalf of U.S. military intelligence.