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Iraqi prisoner abuse court-martial under way

September 22, 2005

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Officers were screened as potential jurors Wednesday as the court-martial got under way for Army Pfc. Lynndie England, one of the most visible figures in the scandal over the treatment of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

Jury selection began Wednesday, and opening remarks by prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled for the afternoon. The first witnesses in the case are expected to testify today.

A military judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors may use a statement England gave to investigators implicating herself.

England is being court-martialed on seven counts of conspiracy and prisoner abuse and faces up to 11 years in a military prison if convicted. The 22-year-old reservist from rural West Virginia is shown in a number of graphic photos taken by Abu Ghraib guards in 2003 that shocked the nation when they were disclosed last year.

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