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Monday, June 21, 2004

Military judge rules Abu Ghraib prison can't be torn down; allows soldiers to seek testimony from military leaders
Jeannie Shawl at 2:23 PM ET

Military judge Col. James Pohl Monday made several key decisions during a pre-trial hearing for soldiers who have been accused in connection with the Abu Ghraib prison abuses. Pohl ruled that the Abu Ghraib prison is a crime scene and cannot be demolished prior to the verdicts in the military trials of Spc. Charles Graner, Sgt. Javal Davis and Staff Sgt. Chip Frederick. Pohl also ruled that attorneys for Graner and Davis may seek testimony from Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top US general in Iraq, and Gen. John Abizaid, chief of US Central Command. Pohl turned down requests seeking testimony from higher-ranking witnesses, including President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but indicated that he would reconsider that decision if the defense can show that their testimony would be relevant. AP has more. Read the charge sheets for Graner and Davis.

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