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Sunday, August 7, 2011
U.S. ARMY ATTROCITIES IN IRAQ: Key figure in Abu Ghraib scandal freed from prison!
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By DAVID DISHNEAU
updated 8/6/2011 12:42:22 PM ET
Lm Otero / AP file
In this Jan. 2005 file photo, Army Spc. Charles Graner walks into the judicial complex at Fort Hood, Texas, for the sentencing phase of his court-martial.
The alleged ringleader of detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib in Iraq was released Saturday from a military prison, an Army spokeswoman said.
Charles Graner Jr., 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after serving more than 6½ years of a 10-year sentence, spokeswoman Rebecca Steed said. Graner will be under the supervision of a probation officer until Dec. 25, 2014, she said.
Steed said she could not release any information about Graner's whereabouts or his destination after release. Neither Graner nor his wife have responded to interview requests from The Associated Press.
Graner was an Army Reserve corporal when he and six other members of the Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company were charged in 2004 with abusing detainees at the prison in Iraq. The strongest evidence was photographs of grinning U.S. soldiers posing beside naked detainees stacked in a pyramid or held on a leash.
The pictures complicated international relations for the U.S. and provoked debate about whether harsh interrogation techniques approved by the Pentagon amounted to torture.