Friday, August 06, 2004

Reservist contradicts testimony that MP's were initiating abuse at Abu Ghraib

The reservist, who was witness to prison abuse, claims that Military Intelligence officials were leading and directing the abuse, contradicting claims of other witnesses who say that the MPs initiated abuse (link)

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - An Army reservist who saw naked detainees being humiliated at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq says military intelligence officials led and directed the abuse.

The account by Kenneth A. Davis, a former sergeant in the Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company, conflicts with testimony soldiers gave this week at the pretrial hearing of Pfc. Lynndie England, one of seven members of the 372nd charged with abusing detainees.

Davis' account - in a May statement to Army investigators and in interviews this week with The Associated Press - makes him the first member of the unit who is not facing charges to publicly describe one of the episodes that led to criminal charges against others. No military intelligence personnel have been charged in the abuse, and their testimony at England's hearing points to the military police as the perpetrators.

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