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May 14, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-34


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CHARGES AGAINST SOLDIER REFERRED TO COURT-MARTIAL


BAGHDAD - Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, Commanding General of III Corps, referred charges against Sergeant Javal S. Davis to a General Court-Martial on April 28.

Davis is charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates (detainees); dereliction of duty for willfully failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment; maltreatment of detainees; assaulting detainees, and providing a false official statement to a criminal investigator, and assaulting detainees.

An Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, was held April 7. The investigating officer found reasonable grounds exist that Davis committed the offenses and recommended trial by general court-martial.

A date and place have not yet been set for the court-martial. It is anticipated that Davis will be arraigned on May 20.

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