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BREAKING NEWS ~ UK soldiers sentenced in Iraqi abuse case

[JURIST] A military tribunal in Osnabrueck, Germany has sentenced three British soldiers involved in the May 2003 abuse of Iraqi detainees [JURIST Hot Topic archive] at Camp Bread Basket, outside Basra. Cpl. Daniel Kenyon was sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiding and abetting an assault and for failing to report other incidents. Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley was jailed for the maximum two years after posing in a photograph which shows him punching a detainee. Lance Cpl. Darren Larkin, who had pleaded guilty to assault, was jailed for 140 days. All three have also been dismissed from the Army with disgrace, equivalent to a US Army's "dishonorable discharge." The case was decided by Judge Advocate Michael Hunter and a panel of seven senior officers. In concluding the hearing, Hunter told the soldiers that their actions were made by free choice and that they could not expect any leniency. JURIST's Paper Chase has coverage of the trial verdicts [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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