Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Jury retires in Abu Ghraib trial


A military jury has began mulling its verdict in the trial of a US Army dog handler accused of abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
The jury of seven must decide whether Sgt Santos Cardona, 32, was guilty of playing vicious games or was just following orders.

Sgt Cardona is accused of several charges including aggravated assault, for letting his dog harass detainees.

If convicted he faces up to 16 years behind bars.

The prosecution has described Sgt Cardona as one of a group of "corrupt cops" who tormented Iraqi prisoners for fun.

But the defence has argued that the accused was only obeying orders from senior officers.

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