Dog Handler Accused of Abusing Iraqi Prisoners
14 March 2006
U.S. Army dog handler Sergeant Michael Smith has admitted to using his canine to scare Iraqi detainees into soiling themselves, according to witness testimony Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Smith is charged with 13 counts of abuse during his time at Abu Ghraib prison, located just outside Baghdad. If convicted on all counts, he faces 24.5 years in prison.
Witness John Ketzer also worked at Abu Ghraib, and says the two had a contest to see if they could force the prisoners to soil themselves.
Abu Ghraib came to the public's attention after a 2004 investigation revealed numerous cases of prisoner abuse by American soldiers. Graphic photographs showing military personnel in the act of abusing prisoners were widely circulated and led to the discharge of more than a dozen U.S. soldiers.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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