US soldier accused in AbuGhraib enters guilty plea

24th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2004 , MANNHEIM - One of the US soldiers charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick II, is to plead guilty to some of the charges against him, his defence lawyer disclosed at the end of pretrial hearings Tuesday. Gary Meyers, the civilian lawyer representing Frederick, said that his client would accept responsibility for his actions at Abu Ghraib and would plead guilty to "certain charges" in realising that he had violated the law. In the arrangement with army pro

24 August 2004

MANNHEIM - One of the US soldiers charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick II, is to plead guilty to some of the charges against him, his defence lawyer disclosed at the end of pretrial hearings Tuesday.

Gary Meyers, the civilian lawyer representing Frederick, said that his client would accept responsibility for his actions at Abu Ghraib and would plead guilty to "certain charges" in realising that he had violated the law.

In the arrangement with army prosecutors, other charges may be dropped, Meyers said, declining to call it plea-bargaining.

"There is always a certain level of discussion (between the prosecution and defence) ... and this case is no different," Meyers said.

The statement did not make clear to what charges the 37-year-old Frederick would plead guilty. Frederick faces charges of maltreating detainees, conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty and wrongfully committing an indecent act.

DPA

Subject: German news

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