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Abu Ghraib: first court martial announced

BAGHDAD, MAY 9. A 24-year-old Military Policeman has been ordered to stand trial this month in the first court-martial scheduled in connection with the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, the military said today.

Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits of Hyndman, Pennsylvania, a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, will stand trial in Baghdad on May 19, according to Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt.

Spc. Sivits has been charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates and detenus, dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detenus from abuse and cruelty and maltreatment of detainees, Gen. Kimmitt said.

Seven soldiers including Spc. Sivits are facing criminal charges for alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Photographs of the abuse were published throughout the world.

Spc. Sivits is the first for whom a trial date has been set.

The U.S. President, George W. Bush, vowed yesterday that ``we will learn all the facts and determine the full extent of these abuses. Those involved will be identified. They will answer for their actions.''

AP

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