Santos Cardona was a former sergeant in the United States Army. He is one of the members of the U.S. military police personnel who have been charged with torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Cardona used his Belgian Malinois dog to threaten Iraqis in the prison and the photos were made public. He was convicted in May 2006, of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault, the equivalent of a felony in the U.S. civilian justice system. The prosecution demanded prison time, but a military judge instead imposed a fine and reduction in rank. Though Cardona was not put behind bars, he was also required to serve 90 days of hard labor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After his release he was transferred to a new unit and was promoted to Sergeant. He is currently assigned to the 23rd MP Company that is presently staged in Kuwait as of November 2, 2006. He has arrived in Kuwait with
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