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Thursday, September 22, 2005

New charges filed in Afghan prisoner abuse investigation
Holly Manges Jones at 10:28 AM ET

[JURIST] Two US Army soldiers have been charged with prisoner abuse in an ongoing investigation into the deaths of two Afghan prisoners while in US custody, which has already led to charges being filed against 14 soldiers, the military said Wednesday. Both Sgt. Alan J. Driver and Spc. Nathan Adam Jones have been charged with assault and maltreatment, while Jones also faces allegations that he made a falsified official statement. The two Afghan prisoners, known as Habibullah and Dilawar [Wikipedia profiles], were taken into US custody in December 2002 and died shortly after their arrests at the Bagram Airfield [Global Security profile] detention facility in Afghanistan. Of the 14 soldiers charged in the investigation into the abuse, three soldiers were charged last week, one has been convicted, four have pleaded guilty, two have been acquitted of charges, and another has announced his intention to enter a guilty plea. AP has more.

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