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US Military Moves Three Prisoner Abuse Trials from Iraq to United States


The U.S. military says the trials of three Army reservists charged with abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison will be moved to the United States.

In a statement released late Wednesday, officials say the courts martial of Specialist Charles Graner, Sergeant Javal Davis, and Specialist Sabrina Harman would be held early next year in Fort Hood, Texas instead of Baghdad.

No reason for the change of venue was given.

Three other U.S. troops have pleaded guilty in connection with prisoner abuse at the Baghdad prison. Most of those charged were part of a military police company based in the U.S. state of Maryland.

The prisoner abuse scandal erupted in April when photographs of U.S. soldiers taunting and humiliating naked Iraqi prisoners became public, sparking worldwide condemnation.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.