Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Private Facing 10 Years for Abuses; Lynndie England Guilty in Abu Ghraib Jail Case World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Private Facing 10 Years for Abuses; Lynndie England Guilty in Abu Ghraib Jail Case World at a Glance

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Byline: ALISTAIR FOSTER

US SOLDIER Lynndie England, whose posed photos of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison made her the face of the scandal, was convicted last night by a military jury.

England, 22, was found guilty at Fort Hood in Texas of one count of conspiracy, four counts of maltreatment and one count of committing an indecent act. She was acquitted on a second conspiracy count.

The jury of five male officers took about two hours to reach its verdict.

She faces a maximum 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors used graphic photos to support their contention that she was a key figure in the abuse conspiracy. One photo shows England holding a naked detainee on a leash.

In others, she smiles and points to prisoners in humiliating poses.

They also referred to her statement to army investigators in January last year that the mistreatment was done to amuse the US guards.

"The accused knew what she was doing," said Captain Chris Graveline, the lead prosecutor.

Captain Jonathan Crisp, England's lawyer, claimed that she was only trying to please her then boyfriend, Corporal Charles Graner, who was labelled the abuse ringleader and is now serving a 10-year sentence.

England's trial is the last for a group of nine army reservists charged with mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, a scandal that badly damaged US standing despite President Bush quickly condemning the abuse.

. Al Qaeda in Iraq's deputy leader, Abu Azzam, has been shot and killed by US-led forces. Azzam, a financier and religious aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was shot while hiding in a high-rise apartment building in Baghdad on Sunday.

"We had a tip-off," said Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Boylan.

Al Qaeda in Iraq is one of the most feared militant groups in the country and claims responsibility for many of the deadliest attacks. …

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