Six California National Guard members face court-martial for Iraqi abuse

Six California National Guard members face court-martial for Iraqi abuse

[JURIST] Six unidentified members of California's Fullerton-based Alpha Company Army National Guard have been accused of mistreating detainees in Iraq and will face courts-martial [Wikipedia backgrounder], officials announced Tuesday after investigating reports of abuse by 12 soldiers. The soldiers face various charges including mistreatment of a person under their control, assault, making a false statement, and obstruction of justice. Two of the most serious cases will be handled as general courts-martial, four will be treated as special courts-martial, and two other lesser offenses have already been handled through summary courts-martial [Military.com backgrounder], but the outcomes have not been made available. The courts-martial will occur in Baghdad and until then, the company has been placed on restrictive duty. AP has more.