July 29, 2004

Karpinski Laughed At Prisoner Abuse

In a videotaped deposition from Iraq, Saddam "Sam" Saleh Aboud, a former detainee at the Abu Ghraib prison. During one session, said he saw Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski when his hood was removed during a torture session. Aboud identified Karpinski from a photo.

"He was adamant that there was an occasion when he was being tortured, in Tier 1A, when she was present and watching and laughing as he was being tortured," his lawyer said.

Aboud also alleges that he was forced to witness the rape of a female prisoner.

Karpinski, who has been suspended, still denies knowing about the abuses and has not been directly implicated till now.

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