American Samizdat

Sunday, May 09, 2004. *
BAGHDAD -- The commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq said yesterday the military will continue to operate the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The decision comes despite calls from some U.S. legislators to close it because of a scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

However, Maj.-Gen. Geoffrey Miller said the U.S. plans to reduce the prison population.

He said 300 prisoners had been released last week and about 350 will be freed next week.

'Currently, we will continue to operate at the Abu Ghraib facility,' Miller said, adding interrogations at the prison will also continue.
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