U.S. Troops Discharged for Abusing Iraqi Prisoners

Rather than face court martials, three U.S. soldiers have been discharged from the military following a non-judicial hearing on charges they abused Iraqi prisoners. All were from Pennsylvania and are back there now.

The three soldiers, all from Pennsylvania, were scheduled to face courts-martial this month but opted instead to submit to a nonjudicial hearing, in which their conduct was judged by a commander without a jury, Lt. Col. Vic Harris said. Such hearings are common practice, he said. Brig. Gen. Ennis Whitehead III, the acting commander of the 143rd Transportation Command, found the three soldiers had maltreated prisoners at Camp Bucca, southern Iraq, on May 12. He demoted two of the soldiers and ordered that all three forfeit their salaries for two months.

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