Sergeant Is Sentenced

To 5 Months in Prison

FORT BLISS, Tex. -- An Army interrogator was sentenced to five months in prison Wednesday for assaulting a detainee in Afghanistan who later died.

Army Sgt. Joshua R. Claus was the sixth soldier to be convicted of or plead guilty to abusing detainees after the deaths of two prisoners at the Bagram airfield detention center. In all, 14 were charged.

Claus pleaded guilty to charges of maltreatment and assault involving a detainee known as Dilawar, and to forcing another inmate to kiss his and another soldier's boots. His sentence included a bad-conduct discharge from the military.

Dilawar died at the detention center in 2002. No one has been charged in his death.

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-- From News Services