Iraqi Abuse Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A lawyer for a Fort Carson soldier says that despite a judge's order, the Army has made no steps toward exhuming the body of an Iraqi who allegedly drowned after being forced into the Tigris River by U.S. troops.

Attorney Frank Spinner says that raises questions about how the government will proceed in its case against his client, Army 1st Lieutenant Jack Saville.

Saville faces trial in March on charges including involuntary manslaughter in the alleged drowning.

Saville's co-defendant, Sergeant 1st Class Tracy Perkins, was convicted Friday of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice and assault consummated by battery in the case.

Defense lawyers contend the victim, 19-year-old, Zaidoun Hassoun is still alive.

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