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Pfc. England Court-Martial Moved to Fort Hood

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The court-martial of Pfc. Lynndie England, charged with abusing Iraqi detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, will be held at Fort Hood, Texas, not Fort Bragg, the Army said Friday.

The move is being made to bring together several cases stemming from the prisoner abuse scandal, including those of England, Spc. Charles Graner, Sgt. Javal Davis, and Spc. Sabrina Harman, the Army said in a statement.

"Consolidating the cases at Fort Hood will conserve resources and ease logistical constraints for witnesses," the statement said.

Graner's court-martial is scheduled for Jan. 7 at Fort Hood.

England has been stationed at Fort Bragg since returning from Iraq last spring, and that is where military court hearings in her case have been held.

Last week, a military judge ruled that England's statements that she was "joking around" when she posed for photos with naked Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib will be allowed at her court-martial.

The court-martial had been scheduled to begin Jan. 18. It was not immediately clear how the transfer of her case might affect that schedule.

England, 22, faces 19 charges of abuse and indecent acts. She could get 38 years if convicted.

England gave birth in October to a son; attorneys have said Graner is the father.

Of the seven members of her unit charged in the scandal, three have pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from demotion to eight years in prison.


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