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Jury reprimands U.S. soldier in Abu Ghraib probe

Jury reprimands U.S. soldier in Abu Ghraib probe

A military jury yesterday reprimanded Army Lieutenant Colonel Steven L. Jordan for disobeying an order to keep silent about an investigation into the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2003.
The impact of the reprimand on Jordan's career was not immediately clear. Prosecutors had recommended that he be reprimanded and fined one month's pay - about US$7,400. The defense asked for no punishment.
"We view this as very much a victory," defense attorney Major Kris Poppe said after the sentence.
The sentence caps the court-martial of the highest officer charged in the scandal that erupted with the release of pictures of grinning U.S. soldiers posing while detainees, some of them naked, were held on leashes or in painful and humiliating positions.
Jordan, 51, did not appear in the inflammatory photos, but he was accused of fostering a climate conducive to abuse as director of the prison's interrogation center.
The jury on Tuesday absolved the reservist of responsibility for the actions of 11 lower-ranking soldiers previously convicted for their roles at Abu Ghraib but it held that he disobeyed a general's order not to discuss the investigation with others.


Updated : 2021-02-27 02:23 GMT+08:00