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British Military Cuts Sentences in Iraq Abuse Case

The British military has reduced the sentences of two soldiers convicted of abusing Iraqi civilians.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense says the Army Reviewing Authority cut the sentence of Lance Corporal Mark Cooley from two years to 18 months. It also reduced Fusilier Gary Bartlam's 18 month sentence to 12 months detention at a military correctional training center.

The defense spokesman says the decision was made by a review board earlier this month. He did not say why the sentences were reduced.

Cooley and Bartlam were found guilty of abusing Iraqi civilians in a court martial in Germany earlier this year. Their courts martial focused on photographs taken of the abuse, which included one of a detainee dangling from a fork lift.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.