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Charles Graner Jr., 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., around 10 a.m. Saturday after serving more than 6½ years of a 10-year sentence, spokeswoman Rebecca Steed said. Graner will be under the supervision of a probation officer until Dec. 25, 2014, she said.
Steed said she could not release any information about Graner’s whereabouts or his destination after release. Neither Graner nor his wife — who was a fellow Abu Ghraib defendant — have responded to interview requests from The Associated Press. Calls and emails to Graner’s father and lawyer were not immediately returned.
Graner was an Army Reserve corporal from Uniontown, Pa., when he and six other members of the Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company were charged in 2004 with abusing detainees at the prison in Iraq. The strongest evidence was photographs of grinning U.S. soldiers posing beside naked detainees stacked in a pyramid or held on a leash.
The pictures complicated international relations for the U.S. and provoked debate about whether harsh interrogation techniques approved by the Pentagon amounted to torture.
Graner was convicted of offenses that included stacking the prisoners into a pyramid, knocking one of them out with a head punch and ordering prisoners to masturbate while soldiers took pictures. He maintained that the actions were part of a plan directed by military intelligence officers to soften up prisoners for interrogation.
She said Graner, who was a civilian correctional officer, was released before serving his maximum sentence under rules that include days off for good behavior. She said he lost some good conduct time for institutional rule infractions while incarcerated, but she wouldn’t provide details.
During his deployment, Graner fathered a son with former Pfc. Lynndie England of Fort Ashby, W.Va.
England was given a three-year sentence for her role in the scandal.
After his conviction, Graner married another member of his unit, former Spc. Megan Ambuhl of Centreville, Va. She was discharged from the Army after pleading guilty to dereliction of duty for failing to prevent or report the maltreatment.
Seven guards and four other low-ranking soldiers were convicted of crimes at Abu Ghraib.
Former Army prosecutor Christopher Graveline portrayed Graner in his 2010 book, “The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed,” as a manipulative bully with the bad-boy charm to draw others into his sadistic games.
Attorney Charles W. Gittins, who represented Graner in an appeal to the military’s highest court last year, described Graner in court as “a political prisoner of the failed United States Iraq policy and unnecessary war.”
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