Military jury selected in Afghan prisoner abuse case

[JURIST] An all-male jury of four officers and four enlisted personnel has been selected in the trial of a US Army reservist accused of attacking a detainee at an Afghanistan detention center and then lying about his actions, Fort Bliss officials announced Thursday. Sgt. Duane M. Grubb of the Cincinnati-based 377th Military Police Company has entered a plea of not guilty against charges [JURIST report] of assault, maltreatment and making a false official statement. Grubb is the sixth Ohio-based reservist to stand trial in an abuse investigation prompted after two detainees died at the Bagram Air Base in 2002 in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. US Army Sgt. Christopher W. Greatorex [JURIST report] and Sgt. Darin Broadyof [JURIST report] were acquitted of similar charges in September. In May Spc. Brian E. Cammack pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to charges in connection with the alleged abuse and was sentenced to three months in prison. More than a dozen other soldiers have been implicated in the ongoing investigation. Prosecutors allege that Grubb used a "knee strike" on a detainee at least one time in November 2002 and then lied about it to investigators. That strike has been at issue in many of the detainee abuse cases. AP has more.



 

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