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Private Lynndie England Back in Court on Abuse Charges


Lynndie England arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Hood, Texas
One of the U.S. Army soldiers at the center of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is scheduled to appear in a U.S. military court in Texas, Thursday for a pre-trial hearing and arraignment.

Private First Class Lynndie England is charged with maltreatment, conspiracy to maltreat detainees, and committing an indecent act. She faces up to 11 years in prison.

In May, Private England's case ended in a mistrial when the presiding judge threw out her guilty plea. The judge said testimony from a key witness indicated that Private England did not know her actions were a crime when she committed them.

To plead guilty under U.S. military law, a defendant must know they were committing a crime.

Photos of Private England mistreating Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison sparked international outrage last year.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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