WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The latest military trial in Washington into alleged abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison is the first to include testimony of a key military officer.
Ten earlier courts-martial have essentially concluded that the acts, including forced nakedness, the use of leashes and sexual humiliation, were caused by rogue personnel in violation of military orders, The Washington Post said.
But, in the Fort McNair, in the District of Columbia, trial of Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, who threatened Abu Ghraib detainees with a military dog. Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who commanded Guantanamo and helped set interrogation policy at Abu Ghraib, has agreed to testify for the defense, the Post reported.
In sworn statements to Army investigators, Miller has denied recommending or approving the use of dogs at Abu Ghraib and knew nothing of such treatment while at Guantanamo.
But, the newspaper said, both the senior intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib and the prison's chief warden testified that Miller urged military dogs be used in Abu Ghraib questioning.