The U.S. Army has denied a report suggesting its top general in Iraq may have witnessed the abuse of detainees by American soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.
The report appeared in today's (Sunday's) edition of the Washington Post newspaper.
The Post quotes a military lawyer for one of the accused U.S. soldiers as saying Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez was at the prison while some of the abuses were taking place. It said the lawyer, Captain Robert Shuck, made the statement during a military hearing last month.
The Post says Captain Shuck was told of General Sanchez's alleged presence by the commander of military police at Abu Ghraib, Captain Donald Reese. The Post says Captain Reese plans to testify that General Sanchez witnessed some of the abuses.
The U.S. military called the Post report "false" -- saying General Sanchez stands by his testimony to Congress that he was unaware of the abuses.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AP.