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US Army Rangers sentenced for Iraq detainee abuse after guilty pleas

[JURIST] Five members of the elite US Army 75th Ranger Regiment [official website] have been sentenced for up to six months for abusing detainees in Iraq. The five soldiers were charged [JURIST report] last month in connection with a September 2005 incident [press release] where three detainees were allegedly punched and kicked while awaiting transfer to a detention facility. All five pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty [press release], and four also pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges. Two of the soldiers pleaded guilty to additional charges of maltreatment in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice [text]. The sentences range from 30-day to six-month confinements, according to US military statement made Monday, and two will be dishonorably discharged from the Army. AP has more.

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