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Judge Allows Questioning Of Generals On Iraq Abuse


21 June 2004 -- A military judge said today the defense team of a U.S. soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners will be allowed to question the head of U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, and other senior officials.

The judge, Colonel James Pohl, made the ruling during a pre-trial hearing today in Baghdad for three soldiers charged in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

The three -- Sergeant Javal Davis, Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick, and Corporal Charles Graner -- face a number of charges. They are among seven junior ranking U.S. servicemen charged over the abuse and will face courts martial at a later date.

The only soldier brought so far to trial over the abuse -- Jeremy Sivits -- was sentenced last month to a year in prison after pleading guilty for his role in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghrayb prison near Baghdad.

(rtr/AFP/AP)
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