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May 19, 2004 3:00 AM

U.S. soldier gets 1-year sentence in abuse of Iraqi prisoners

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, convicted Wednesday by a military court in Baghdad in connection with the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, gave a detailed account of what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison. Sivits told the court that on the evening of Nov. 8 another soldier invited him to visit the hard site, a confinement area where Iraqi detainees accused of rioting in another cellblock were being held for interrogation. Other soldiers needed help escorting prisoners to the site. Sivits took a detainee by the arm and led him to the room, where he saw naked detainees just lying there on the floor, sandbags over their heads. Sgt. Javal Davis and Pfc. Lynndie England, two other soldiers accused of abusing detainees, were crushing the prisoners hands and feet with their boots, Sivits told the judge.

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