Trial date set for fourth soldier in Abu Ghraib scandal Matt Lubniewski at 9:55 AM ET
A military court on Friday ruled that Specialist Charles Graner will face court-martial on January 7, on charges including assault and cruelty involving Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. Graner, a reservist MP, claims he was only following orders to intimidate prisoners before interrogation. Fellow accused soldiers have named Graner, who was formerly a civilian prison guard, a co-ringleader of the prisoner abuse. Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick received an eight year jail sentence on Wednesday for his role at Abu Ghraib. Sergeant Javal Davis, similarly accused, will plead not guilty to seven charges of assault and maltreatment of detainees. His court martial is set to start later on Friday. Reuters has more.
UPDATE: The trial date for Sergeant Javal Davis has been set for February 1. An official press release from US Central Command on today's proceedings in both the Graner and Davis cases is now available here.
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