Abuse Soldier Given Maximum Punishment

The US soldier guilty of abusing Iraqi captives has been given the harshest possible punishment by a court martial.The first hearing into the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison saw specialist Jeremy Sivits receive a one year’s jail, reduction in rank and bad conduct discharge.Choking with emotion, military policeman Jeremy Sivits had claimed he had been told intelligence officers told soldiers to carry out the abuse.


His testimony has lifted the lid on abuse at the facility, with Sivits, 24, naming colleagues who had carried out the acts.


He said: “They said they were told by military intelligence for them to keep doing what they were doing to the inmates because it was working – they were talking.”


Sivits admitted knowing the torture was wrong but followed suit anyway.


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