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Military court hearing ends for Navy SEAL implicated in Abu Ghraib scandal

[JURIST] A five-day military court hearing for an unidentified Navy SEAL [official military website] lieutenant accused of abusing an Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghraib [JURIST Hot Topic] prison has concluded. Prosecutors said actions by the lieutenant were "unacceptable by any standard," while the officer's lawyer argued nothing he did warranted a court-martial. Navy's top SEAL, Rear Admiral Joe Maguire [official profile], will now decide whether the officer will face a court-martial. The SEAL is accused of assault, maltreatment and conduct unbecoming an officer related to the handling of prisoners. Much of the evidence presented by the prosecution centered on Iraqi Manadel al-Jamadi [Wikipedia photos], a suspect in the bombing of a Red Cross facility. Al-Jamadi, who was captured by SEALs during a joint CIA-special operations mission in November 2003,died a few hours later under CIA interrogation in the shower room at Abu Ghraib prison. Prosecutors said the lieutenant posed in degrading photos with the handcuffed and hooded prisoner. Additionally, an ex-SEAL, who served under the lieutenant in Iraq, testified that he saw the lieutenant abuse prisoners, including al-Jamadi, three different times. AP has more.

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