Charge dropped against UK soldier accused of abusing Iraqi detainees

[JURIST] British prosecutors Thursday dropped the remaining charge against Lance Cpl. Darren Larkin, one of three UK soldiers on trial [JURIST report] for charges of abusing Iraqi captives. Prosecutors said they could not prove that Larkin was the soldier who forced two of the captives to strip and simulate sex acts after a witness said he could not identify Larkin. Larkin already pleaded guilty to a charge of battery stemming from a photo in which he was standing on a bound Iraqi captive. Two other soldiers, Cpl. Daniel Kenyon and Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley, still faces charges from the incidents, although charges against Kenyon of aiding Larkin were dropped as well. The scandal broke after a fourth soldier, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, developed pictures he took of the incidents. Bartlam has already been sentenced. AP has more.



 

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