Military Says 26 Prisoner Deaths May Be Homicides


Military officials suspect at least 26 prisoners in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan had died in acts of criminal homicide, The New York Times reports.

In 18 cases reviewed by the Army and Navy, investigators have now closed their inquiries and have recommended them for prosecution or referred them to other agencies for action, Army and Navy officials said. Eight cases are still under investigation but are listed by the Army as confirmed or suspected criminal homicides. Only one of the deaths occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Among the cases are at least four involving Central Intelligence Agency employees that are being reviewed by the Justice Department for possible prosecution.


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