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Trial to begin for US soldier charged in Abu Ghraib abuses

[JURIST] US Army Spc. Armin J. Cruz, charged with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, will go to trial Saturday, the first trial of a military intelligence soldier in the abuse scandal. Cruz, a member of the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, is charged with forcing detainees to strip and crawl on the floor and handcuffing the prisoners together. Cruz faces up to a year in prison and possible discharge if convicted in the court-martial being held in Baghdad. The trial of Cruz comes in the wake of the Fay Report [PDF], conducted by the US Army, that spread blame for the abuses to military intelligence units at the prison. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the investigations. AP has more.

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