Jeremy Sivits

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Jeremy Sivits
Born (1979-01-21) January 21, 1979 (age 35)
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service ??? - 2004
Rank Army-USA-OR-02.svg Private
Unit 372nd Military Police Company
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom, Post-invasion Iraq, 2003–present

Jeremy C. Sivits (born 21 January 1979) is a former U.S. Army reservist, one of several soldiers charged and convicted by the U.S. Army in connection with the 2003-2004 Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Baghdad, Iraq during and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He was a member of the 372nd Military Police Company during this time.[1]

Sivits was the man who took many of the photographs at the prison which became notorious after some were first aired on the 60 Minutes II news television show. His father, David Sivits, a former serviceman, claims that Sivits was trained as a mechanic, not a prison guard, and that he "was just doing what he was told to do." Sivits was the first soldier convicted in connection with the Abu Ghraib incidents.

Charges[edit]

On May 5, 2004: Sivits was charged under Uniform Code of Military Justice with the following:

On May 12, 2004 Sivits was moved to detention separate from other military police charged with misconduct. Some reports say he has admitted that senior commanders in his unit would have stopped the abuse if they had known about it; others say that he has said that the abuse was condoned by commanders.

Trial[edit]

His special court-martial (sentence is not more than one year of confinement) was held on May 19, 2004 in Baghdad. Sivits pled guilty and testified against some of his fellow guards. Sivits's testimony included reporting seeing Charles Graner punching a naked detainee "with a closed fist so hard in the temple that it knocked the detainee unconscious," and seeing Lynndie England stomping on the feet and hands of detainees with her boots.

The court martial sentenced Sivits to the maximum sentence, one year of confinement, in addition to being discharged for bad conduct and demoted from specialist to private.

Human Rights Watch was not allowed in the court room.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeremy Sivits: Fired and Demoted?". Retrieved 19 January 2013.