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ABUSE CRISIS: National Guard Sergeant Sentenced to 12 Months Prison For Iraqi Abuses

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posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 02:25 AM
David Fimon, a 26 year old Californian National Guard sergeant pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has been sentenced to 12 months in a military prison along with loss of wages for his role in Iraq Prisoner Abuse Scandal that has rocked the U.S led forces. Fimon, from the 1st Battalion of the 18 Infantry Regiment was also demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge, which will stop his entitlement to many benefits awarded to veterans.
The 12 soldiers belong to the battalion's Fullerton-based Alpha Company. Some face charges of mistreatment of a detainee, assault and making a false statement. Authorities withdrew the charges in two of the dozen cases, but those soldiers face penalties that might include lost pay and restricted duty, Whetstone said.

The specific allegations have not been disclosed, but investigators have reviewed accusations that soldiers used an electric stun gun to abuse handcuffed and blindfolded detainees, according to a military official who asked to remain anonymous because of policies against speaking publicly about ongoing cases.

Soldiers allegedly abused the detainees following an insurgent attack in June, the official said.

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Yet another enlisted soldier being charged and sentenced over the scandal. When do the officers go on trial? When do the heads topple of the top brass who allegedly ordered and condoned this treatment? Although I fully back the sentencing of this soldier and feel the outcome was a light punishment for his crimes, I do feel that more higher officials and officers should be investigated and charged with war crimes.

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