2 British Soldiers Convicted of Iraq Abuse

A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday on charges of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians in 2003.

The panel of seven senior officers found Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley (search), 25, and Cpl. Daniel Kenyon (search), 33, guilty after a monthlong trial at a British base in Germany.

A third defendant had already pleaded guilty but awaits sentencing with Kenyon and Cooley.

The defendants were members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (search).

The charges relate to the abuse of Iraqi civilians suspected of looting a humanitarian aid warehouse outside Basra in May 2003. Photos of the incidents provoked dismay in Britain after being published in newspapers, leading to comparisons with the scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at the Abu Ghraib (search) prison.