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US Army To Court-Martial Abu Ghraib Case Lieutenant Colonel January 26, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.
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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP)–An Army spokesman says the only officer charged with crimes in the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal has been referred to a general court-martial.

Colonel Jim Yonts says 50-year-old Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Fort McNair in Washington.

Yonts says Gen. Guy Swann, commander of the Military District of Washington, made the decision Tuesday to refer Jordan to a court-martial instead of some other, lesser level of judicial treatment.

Yonts said Swann ordered Jordan to be tried for eight alleged offenses.

Besides a single count of cruelty and maltreatment of detainees, the other charges being considered are:

– Disobeying a superior commissioned officer;

– Willful dereliction of duty by failing to supervise and ensure compliance with interrogation policies;

– Failure to obey a lawful general order to obtain permission before using military working dogs during interrogation;

– Failure to obey another other lawful order;

– False swearing;

– Two counts of making false official statements.

The reservist from northern Virginia was charged in April with 12 offenses. Swann dismissed four of them after reviewing the record of Jordan’s Article 32 investigation, the military equivalent of a civilian preliminary hearing, held in October.

Jordan’s military lawyers didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

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