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Documents show children imprisoned, women abused at Abu Ghraib

[JURIST] The latest US Defense Department documents obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit [ACLU materials] against the US goverment indicate that the US held children under 12 at the prison as well as women, at least one of whom, then aged 17, was sexually molested by drunken US personnel who were never charged. Children and women were moved into a cell block at the facility in 2003 in preference to having youths held in local lock-ups across Baghdad. The revelations come in an May 2004 transcript of an investigatory interview with former Abu Ghraib commander Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski [PDF] who was later cited in army reports for poor leadership. Karpinski also said she had seen written orders to hold a CIA "ghost detainee" without any record that could be accessible to the Red Cross. Review the full set of released documents and read an accompanying ACLU press release issued Thursday focusing on the "ghost detainees" issue. AP has more.

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