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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Abu Ghraib officer acquitted of not controlling soldiers
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On August 28, 2007, US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan was acquitted by a military jury of failing to control soldiers under his command who abused detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Although Jordan had originally been charged with seven violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he was only convicted of disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation into abuse allegations. He was initially punished with a reprimand from the military court, but his conviction was later annulled. Jordan was the second highest intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib when the infamous abuse of detainees took place, although several officers and soldiers have faced charges in connection with the scandal.

Depiction of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

Learn more about Abu Ghraib from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the issue from Guest Columnist Victor Hansen on JURIST Forum.

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