Danish soldiers convicted of abusing Iraqis but not sentenced

[JURIST] A court in Copenhagen Thursday found five Danish soldiers guilty on two of four counts of abuse against Iraqi prisoners, but refused to sentence the soldiers [BBC report] due to "extenuating circumstances". The judge noted that unclear procedural rules and outdated training mitigated the offenses. The five were charged in connection with an incident in 2004 [JURIST report], and were convicted of verbally humiliating the prisoners and forcing them to kneel uncomfortably during interrogation. They were acquitted of charges that they withheld access to food, water, and toilets. Despite the lack of sentence, Reserve Capt. Annemette Hommel and the four military police officers said they plan to appeal. Reuters has more.



 

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