US officers in Iraq charged with abuse

Six US military police officers in Iraq have been charged with maltreatment, assault and indecent acts against prisoners at the Abu Gharib prison west of Baghdad, a top US occupation army spokesman has said.

    The charged officers were among the 17 suspended in January

    The charges "include conspiracy, dereliction of duty, cruelty, maltreatment, assault and indecent acts," Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told a news conference on Saturday.

    "As a result of the criminal investigation, six military personnel have been charged with criminal offenses," he said.

    Kimmitt, the US-lead occupation's deputy operations chief, added that the six US military police officers were among 17 military personnel who were suspended when the investigation was launched on 14 January.

    "The coalition takes all reports of detainee abuse seriously and all allegations of mistreatment are investigated," he said.

    "We are committed to treating all persons under coalition control with dignity, respect and humanity. Coalition personnel are expected to act appropriately, humanely and in a manner consistent with the Geneva Convention."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.