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Bradley Manning gets reduction in possible sentence

Publish date: 16 January 2013
Issue Number: 1466
Diary: Legalbrief eLaw & Management
Category: General

The US soldier accused of being behind the massive WikiLeaks publication of state secrets has been awarded a 112-day reduction in any eventual sentence on the grounds that he was subjected to excessively harsh treatment in military detention.

A report in The Guardian notes that Colonel Denise Lind, the judge presiding over Bradley Manning's court martial, granted him the dispensation as a form of recompense for the unduly long period in which he was held on suicide watch and prevention of injury status while at the brig at Quantico marine base in Virginia where he was detained from 29 July 2010 to 20 April 2011. The report says during that time he was held under constant surveillance, had his possessions removed from his cell and at times even his clothes, often in contravention of the professional medical opinion of psychiatrists. Lind's ruling was made under Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that protects prisoners awaiting trial from punishment on grounds that they are innocent until proven guilty, the report states. Full report in The Guardian