- The Washington Times - Friday, May 13, 2005

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib scandal testified yesterday that it was he and not Spc. Sabrina Harman who handed wires to a hooded Iraqi prisoner forced to stand on a box for an hour in 2003.

Pvt. Ivan Frederick II, called as a prosecution witness, said he never saw Spc. Harman, 27, participate in that or several other instances of mistreatment sahe is accused of at the Iraqi prison.

The testimony from Frederick, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain, came during Spc. Harman’s court-martial. She is the second soldier to go on trial in the scandal.

Frederick also said he was the person who took a widely seen photograph of Spc. Harman and Pvt. Charles Graner Jr. with a pyramid of naked prisoners.

Spc. Harman could get up to 61/2 years in prison if convicted.

Defense attorney Frank Spinner said in opening statements Thursday that the photos of the hooded prisoner, known as “Gilligan,” illustrated “a joking type of thing.” But prosecutor Capt. Chuck Neill said in his opening that the prisoner “was trembling, shaking, afraid he was going to be electrocuted.”

Frederick testified that the prisoner did not appear to suffer any long-lasting effects from the box incident.

He and Spc. Harman were members of the Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company.

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