- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2005

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A military intelligence interrogator was sentenced yesterday to two months in prison after he admitted abusing an Afghan detainee who later died.

Spc. Glendale C. Walls pleaded guilty yesterday to dereliction of duty and assault. In addition to the prison sentence, Walls was reduced in rank and pay and will receive a bad-conduct discharge.

Walls admitted that he stood by as former Sgt. Selena M. Salcedo lifted a detainee known as Dilawar by his ear and as former Spc. Joshua R. Claus made another detainee roll around on the floor and kiss Walls’ boots.

Walls also admitted to pushing Dilawar against a wall during the interrogation in which Salcedo abused him. Dilawar’s death has led to charges against a number of service members.

Salcedo, a military intelligence interrogator who worked with Walls at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month. Salcedo, who tearfully apologized for her conduct, told a military judge that Walls was with her when she mistreated Dilawar and that Walls pushed Dilawar.

Salcedo will be demoted, given a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $250 a month for four months.

Dilawar died in December 2002, the same month he was detained.

The maximum sentence Walls could have faced was 12 months of confinement, a 75 percent pay cut for 12 months, a reduction in rank and a bad-conduct discharge.

The most serious charges in the case were levied against Pfc. Willie V. Brand, a reservist and military police officer who initially was charged with Dilawar’s death. A military jury convicted Brand last week of assault, maltreatment, maiming and making a false official statement. The same jury spared Brand jail time, instead ordering that he be reduced in rank and pay to a private, the Army’s lowest rank.

Spc. Brian E. Cammack pleaded guilty in May to abuse charges and was sentenced to three months in prison. Cammack testified against Brand.

Claus has announced his intention to plead guilty in the abuse cases. Claus, one of the soldiers that prosecutors have said reportedly abused Dilawar while Walls stood by, was scheduled to stand trial in September.

Sgt. James P. Boland, a reservist from Ohio, was given a letter of reprimand citing him for dereliction of duty for his work at Bagram. Mr. Boland, who has left the Army, initially was charged with chaining Dilawar’s hands above his head and other abuses.

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