U.S. Soldier Cleared Of Afghan Detainee Abuse Charges
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 8, 2005
FORT BLISS, TEXAS--An Army sergeant was acquitted Friday of charges that he assaulted a detainee with intellectual disabilities while at a U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.
Sgt. Duane M. Grubb, from the 377th Military Police Company had been accused of assault, mistreatment, and making a false statement related to the treatment of detainee Zarif Khan at Bagram prison.
Grubb allegedly struck Khan, whom soldiers nicknamed "Timmy" after a character with disabilities on the American cartoon show "South Park". Court documents reportedly referred to Khan as "mentally retarded".
Grubb, 30, denied abusing Khan. His defense attorney argued that the government's only eyewitness to the crime, a fellow U.S. soldier, contradicted his own testimony, and pointed out that no other soldiers who had been present at the time had come forward to testify against Grubb.
Six soldiers from the Cincinnati-based company have been charged in an abuse investigation following the deaths of two other detainees at the facility in 2002.
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