US soldier testifies to witnessing prison abuse by "classified personnel"

US soldier testifies to witnessing prison abuse by "classified personnel"

[JURIST] In a transcript obtained by the Denver Post, a Utah National Guardsmen testifying at a preliminary hearing for three US soldiers accused of murder [JURIST report] said he witnessed "classified personnel", possibly CIA agents, strike Iraqi prisoners with a wooden handle and mock them by mentioning the death of the general the three soldiers are accused of causing. Officer Lewis Welshofer, Chief Warrant Officer Jeff L. Williams, and Spc. Jerry Loper are charged with murder, assault, and dereliction of duty during combat actions for their alleged roles in the suffocation death of an Iraqi general [JURIST report] in 2003. The preliminary hearing is to decide if the soldiers should face a trial; all three have denied any wrongdoing. The CIA had no comment on the testimony. AP has more.