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Jailed Abu Ghraib abuse leader testifies in Lynndie England court-martial

[JURIST] Army Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] took the stand Thursday in court-martial proceedings against Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], who is facing conspiracy, maltreatment of subordinates and indecent acts charges stemming from the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prisoner abuse scandal. Graner, who was found guilty [JURIST report] and sentenced to 10 years [JURIST report] in January for leading the prisoner abuse, did not testify at his own trial and this was the first opportunity for military prosecutors to cross examine Graner about the abuse. Graner testified that he did not do anything wrong by putting a leash around the neck of a detainee or by forcing naked detainees to form a human pyramid. Graner also testified that he told England to pose in photographs taken inside the prison [JURIST report]. England's defense [AP report] is expected to emphasize that she did what she was told to by Graner, a higher ranking soldier. Reuters has more.

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