Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Jailed for Three Years over Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Charge; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Jailed for Three Years over Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Charge; World at a Glance

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. PRIVATE Lynndie England has been sentenced to three years in jail by a military panel for abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail last year.

The 22-year-old American, who faced up to 10 years in prison, has also been given a dishonourable discharge.

In a statement, she apologised to coalition forces in Iraq as well as to detainees and their families.

England had blamed her involvement in the abuse on her then boyfriend, Private Charles Graner, 14 years her senior and the father of her 11-monthold son. "I was used by Private Graner. I didn't realise it at the time," she said.

But the panel of five officers took just two hours to find her guilty on four counts of maltreating detainees, one count of conspiracy and one count of committing an indecent act.

The prosecutor, Capt Chris Graveline, had asked for four to six years jail for England. "I cannot think of another incident that has more tarnished the image of the US army," he said.

Briton extradited over murder charge

. AUSTRALIA has extradited a British man to Singapore to face charges of strangling his chauffeur and the driver's girlfriend - but only after authorities there pledged not to execute him. Justice Minister Chris Ellison said Michael McCrea was flown to Singapore last night, ending a three-year legal battle by McCrea to prevent his extradition.

McCrea, a former financial adviser in Singapore who is originally from Nottingham, is alleged to have fled to Australia in early 2002 after strangling his chauffeur, Kho Nai Guan, and the driver's girlfriend, Lan Ya Ming, in January that year.

McCrea had been in custody in Australia since he was arrested in Melbourne in June 2002.

Singapore police spokesman Victor Keong said McCrea would be formally charged with murder tomorrow morning.

Picture of the day

. RESIDENTS get a closer look at a Panama-registered ship beached by Typhoon Damrey yesterday at Sanya, in south China's Hainan province.

Damrey smashed into Vietnam after killing 16 people in China, most of them after the storm's powerful winds brought down buildings and trees. Damrey, which was today pushing into Laos and weakening, has now claimed 32 lives. …

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