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Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Photos: Sgt. Javal Davis
by sources
Wednesday May 12th, 2004 8:03 PM
Sgt. Javal S. Davis of Maryland: Javal Davis, 26, of the 372nd Military Police Company, is criminally charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners.
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Javal 'Sean' Davis is seen in the Abraham Clark High School 1994 yearbook in Roselle, N.J., May 5, 2004. Sgt. Davis, 26, is one of the U.S. soldiers recently ordered to stand trial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
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"My son is a good kid, a good man. He's been raised in a very good manner. He's a very good provider, a good father, a very spiritual man," Jonathan Davis said.

An Army report obtained by The New Yorker magazine quotes testimony from a witness who said he saw Davis hit prisoners in a pile. According to the same report, he told Army investigators he was "made to do various things that I would question morally."
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Sgt. Javal Davis, 26, ran track in college but didn't graduate, married, is raising two children, is called a devout Baptist. His father insists the accusations can't be true. "My son is a good kid, a good man," said Jonathan Davis. "He's a very good provider, a good father, a very spiritual man. And my family and I just want him to come home safe." http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-prisoner-abuse-the-soldiers,0,617

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§Javal Davis
by sources Wednesday May 12th, 2004 8:03 PM
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Jonathan Davis talks about his son, Sgt. Javal 'Sean' Davis, in front of a family home in Roselle, N.J., May 5, 2004. Sgt. Davis, 26, is one of the U.S. soldiers recently ordered to stand trial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Paul Bergin, a lawyer representing Davis, said on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, that Davis is 'a great American hero,' who volunteered to go to Iraq. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two more American soldiers have been ordered to stand trial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal although no date for the courts-martial was set, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announced Wednesday.
Sgt. Javal Davis, 26, of Maryland and Staff Sgt. Ivan L. \"Chip\" Frederick II of Buckingham, Va., were ordered to undergo a general court-martial, Kimmitt said. He said the trial date and venue had not been set.

Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, of Hyndman, Pa., goes on trial May 19 before a special court-martial, which cannot levy as severe a sentence as a general court-martial.

Davis, who grew up in Roselle, N.J., has been charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty for failing to protect detainees from abuse, maltreatment of detainees, rendering false official statements and assault.

Frederick has been charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty for negligibly failing to protect detainees from abuse, maltreatment of detainees, and wrongfully committing an indecent act by watching detainees commit a sexual act.

Both Davis and Frederick are assigned to the 372nd Military Police Company.

An Army report quoted testimony from a witness who said he saw Davis hit prisoners in a pile. According to the same report, he told Army investigators he was "made to do various things that I would question morally."

He also told investigators that military intelligence personnel appeared to approve of the
abuse. "We were told they had different rules," he told investigators, according to the report.

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Davis' father, Jonathan, declined comment Wednesday on the charges. A track star who also played on the football team in high school, Javal Davis was a two-time county champion and a state section champion in the 110-meter high hurdles. He has been in the reserves nearly seven years.

In an interview last week, Davis\ father said his son is innocent."The allegations against my son are not true,\" said Jonathan Davis, a heavy equipment operator. "My son is a good kid, a good man. He's been raised in a very good manner. He's a very good provider, a good father, a very spiritual man. And my family and I just want him to come home safe."

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by more Friday May 14th, 2004 12:52 PM
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Sgt. Javal S. Davis says military intelligence officers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison asked him to "rough them up" when referring to prisoners who were to be prepared for interrogation sessions.
(ABCNEWS.com)

B A G H D A D, Iraq, May 14, 2004 — Sgt. Javal S. Davis — one of four former Abu Ghraib prison soldiers who are scheduled to be court-martialed next week — said any physical actions he took with Iraqi detainees were at the direct instructions of the interrogation officers at the Baghdad prison.

Davis told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America that every action he took was in response to instructions he received from intelligence officers at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The soldier said intelligence officers who were preparing to interrogate prisoners gave instructions to "rough them up" before questioning.

Davis said that it has always been his understanding that his actions were within the limits of what is acceptable in dealing with detainees.

"Basically, when the intelligence personnel, when they bring them down there, anyone that comes in there with intelligence value, they want to interrogate them and they would ask you to loosen them up," Davis said on Good Morning America during a phone interview from Baghdad. "Basically, just rough them up a little bit, get them scared. Don't hurt them or anything like that, which I didn't do. No one was injured from what I did," he said.

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