Emerging from a closed-door meeting with Pentagon officials on Thursday, John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said there had been more violations of the Geneva Convention governing the treatment of detainees.

"We are still uncovering, as late as this morning, other incidents, other cases that will be promptly investigated by the Department of Defence," Warner said.

The Pentagon officials at the meeting showed senators of the Armed Service Committee 24 confidential documents from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"We are still uncovering, as late as this morning, other incidents, other cases that will be promptly investigated by the Department of Defence"

John Warner,
Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee

The documents are part of a Red Cross report on prisoner treatment in Iraqi jails written before the scandal broke in April.

Warner has held three hearings on Abu Ghraib and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has testified before the committee.

He said his panel's next public hearings would be held in September at the earliest.

The committee will not hold open hearings with soldiers being investigated to avoid jeopardizing their legal rights, Warner said.