The United States Naval Special Warfare Command issued statement yesterday announcing that four members of the elite Special Forces unit have been
charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners. One prisoner died as a result of a injuries he suffered.The SEALs have yet to be identified, but will face
charges of assault, aggravated assault, maltreatment of detainees, failure to report maltreatment of detainees, making false official statements to
investigators and solicitation to commit an offence.
Globe & Mail
Washington -- Four members of an elite U.S. Navy Seals unit have been charged with abusing prisoners in Iraq, including one who died at Abu Ghraib
prison after being beaten, the Naval Special Warfare Command said yesterday.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This is the latest result of the ongoing investigation into the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The United States military and the CIA are under
scrutiny for alleged mistreatmet of detainees. The individuals named thus far have included Army medics, a Marine reservist, and now members of the
Navy's "Sea, Air, Land" unit.These are the first Special Operations Forces hit with criminal charges as the result of a widening investigation into
prisoner abuse. While not identified Navy sources say that the group includes both enlisted men and one officer, a lieutenant. Three of the SEALs are
under investigation for actions in October 2003 and April 2004. The remaining SEAL faces charges in the death of a detainee in April. The Naval
Criminal Investigative Service is in charge of the investigation.
This is a highly unusual situation because the SEALs have a reputation for being among the most highly trained and disciplined members of the armed
The individual charged separately is said to be involved with the incident that resulted in the death of an Iraqi who was being held in secret, 'off
the books,"and questioned by the Central Intelligence Agency at Abu Ghraib prison. One of the most shocking photographs brought to light was of the
body of that detainee wrapped in plastic and packed in ice.
The attorney for one of the defendants has made a statement about the case this week in The San Diego Union-Tribune
, saying that Iraqi who was
found dead in November at Abu Ghraib was in good condition until the CIA took custody of him and that the accusations were made by a disgraced former
member of the SEAL unit.
SEALs Charged With Abuse In Court
Milt Silverman, a civilian lawyer in San Diego representing one of the accused sailors, said the accusations of prisoner abuse were made by a SEAL
who earned the nickname "Klepto" for stealing a fellow SEAL's body armor in Iraq.
"Klepto" made the allegations of prisoner abuse while appealing a decision to kick him out of the SEALs for the theft, Silverman wrote in an opinion
piece published Wednesday in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
A spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, the SEALs' headquarters, declined to comment the investigation and prosecution of the
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