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US investigation censures Australian military lawyer

[JURIST] Australian military lawyer Major George O'Kane has been censured by a US Army investigation for inadequately responding to Red Cross warnings about prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Major O'Kane is accused of "glossing over" reports of prisoner abuse and humiliation in his December response to a Red Cross inquiry while he was tasked with liasing with the Red Cross on behalf of Coalition forces in Iraq.

The report raises questions about the Australian government's assurances that it was not involved in cover-up activities related to the scandal. Monday's edition of The Australian has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has more coverage of the Abu Ghraib scandal here.

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