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ABUSE CRISIS: Frederick Gets 8 Years in Iraq Abuse Case

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posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 10:20 AM
Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick, the highest ranking solider charged in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison scandal, was sentenced to 8 years by a military court in Baghdad. Frederick, a reservist from Buckingham, Va, was also given a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The highest ranking soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib during a court martial Thursday in Baghdad.

Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick, 38, an Army reservist from Buckingham, Va., was also given a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge. The sentencing came a day after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight counts of abusing and humiliating Iraqi detainees.

It was the longest prison sentence yet in connection with the scandal that broke worldwide in April with the publication of photos and video that showed U.S. soldiers abusing naked Iraqis in the prison on the western outskirts of Baghdad.

Frederick is one of seven members of the Cresaptown, Md.-based 372nd Military Police Company charged in the scandal. One, Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits of Hyndman, Pa., is serving a one-year sentence after pleading guilty in May to three counts.

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The sentence was handed down after he had pleaded guilty to eight counts of abusing prisoners. While admitting guild, he also blamed the chain of command and stated that they had pressured the guards to abuse the prisoners to extract military intelligence. Witness for him citied a email where the guards were told to get tough on prisoners.


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