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Trial for Abu Ghraib guard starts Thursday

[JURIST] Spc.Sabrina Harman [Wikipedia profile], 27, will become the latest soldier in the Abu Ghraib scandal to stand trial in military court when she appears Thursday before a Fort Hood judge on charges of mistreating detainees in the military prison. A pretrial hearing was held Wednesday [Reuters report] to determine the admissibility of photographic evidence. Harman is accused of taking many of the photographs of detainee abuse that became public in early 2004, writing "rapeist" on one detainee's leg, and forcing another detainee to stand on a small box with a hood over his head and wires attached to his outstretched arms, which he was told were not to be lowered or he would be electrocuted. A charge against Harman for failing to prevent the sexual abuse of prisoners was dropped in February [JURIST report]. Harman has stated that she was never informed of the regulations for treatment of prisoners set by the Geneva Convention [text]. AP has more.

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