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Sivits describes prisoner mistreatment
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Baghdad, Iraq-AP -- A U-S soldier struggled to hold back tears today as he described Iraqi prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison.

Specialist Jeremy Sivits gave the emotional account as he pleaded guilty to three counts of abuse. Sivits took pictures of prisoners being sexually humiliated.

He said he saw a soldier punch one prisoner in the head and witnessed others stomping on the hands and toes of detainees. Then, he said, prisoners were stripped and piled in a human pyramid.

Sivits quoted one of the other accused soldiers as saying guards were "told to keep doing what they were doing by military intelligence." But he says he didn't believe the soldier, whom he didn't identify.

His lawyer told the judge that Sivits had reached a deal with prosecutors, presumably to testify against others accused in the case.

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