Jury selected for trial of Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader

A 10-MAN jury was selected yesterday in the military trial of the accused ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, Specialist Charles Graner.

Opening statements were scheduled to begin on Monday in the court-martial of Spc Graner, the first soldier to be tried in the case.

The jury is comprised of four officers and six enlisted men. Two prospective jurors were dismissed, including one who said he was embarrassed as an army officer after seeing photos of the abuse.

A list of potential witnesses was released during jury selection.

Among them are the four other soldiers who have reached plea deals after being charged with Abu Ghraib abuses - Private Ivan Frederick, Spc Megan Ambuhl, Spc Jeremy Sivits and Spc Armin Cruz.

On Thursday, prosecutors dropped charges of obstruction of justice, adultery, and two of four assault charges against Graner.

Spc Graner, 36, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, faces up to 17-and-a-half years in a military prison on charges of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, assault and committing indecent acts.

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