Bush TV Bid to Quell Iraqi Fears over Prisoner Abuse
Byline: LIAM CHRISTOPHER
PRESIDENT George Bush told Arab TV yesterday that the treatment of Iraqiprisoners by some members of the US military was ''abhorrent'' but said the people of Iraq``must understand that what took place in that prison does not represent the America that I know.''
Bush's damage- limiting exercise on Arab networks came the day after the US army disclosed that it was conducting criminal investigations into 10 deaths of prisoners in US custody in Iraqand Afghanistan, plus another 10 cases ofabuse.
The deaths of two Iraqiprisoners already have been classed as murders.
In one case, a soldier was court-martialed, reduced in rank and discharged from the Army.
In the other, a CIA contract interrogator's conduct has been referred to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.
The people of Iraq``must understand that wh Bush made his statements in an interview with Al-Hurra,a US-government funded Arabic-language station,generally viewed in the region as propaganda. Another interview with Bush was expected later on Al-Arabiya television,based in Dubai and popular throughout the Arab world.
``There will be investigations, people will be brought to justice,'' Bush said of the alleged humiliation and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, a notorious prison during Saddam Hussein's regime that was taken over by US troops. …