Archive for the ‘War Crimes’ Category

US soldier spared death penalty

May 22, 2009

US soldier spared death penalty

Page last updated at 22:20 GMT, Thursday, 21 May 2009 23:20 UK

A former US soldier convicted of rape and murder in Iraq has been spared the death penalty.
Steven Green, 24, will now be sentenced to life in prison, after jurors in the state of Kentucky could not agree unanimously on his punishment.

See previous post here.

US Army media brief for rape and murder of 14 year old Iraqi girl

May 17, 2009

May 11, 2009
Summary
In March 2006 four US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family —including a 5 year old child. An additional soldier was involved in the cover-up.
One of the killers, Steven Green, was found guilty last Thursday (7 May 2009) in the US District Court of Paducah and is now awaiting sentencing[1].
The leaked Public Affairs Guidance put the 101st media team into a “passive posture” — withholding information where possible. It conceals presence of both child victims, and describes the rape victim, who had just turned 14, as “a young woman”.
The US Army’s Criminal Investigation Division did not begin its investigation until three and a half months after the crime.
More information Here

Ex-soldier could face death over Iraq murders, rape

May 11, 2009

Convicted soldier: ‘You probably think I’m a monster’
PADUCAH, Kentucky (CNN) — “You probably think I’m a monster.”

That’s what FBI agents said former U.S. soldier Steven Green told them nearly three years ago about accusations that he had raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killed her and her family. More…

Pvt. 1st Class James Barker, Sgt. Paul Cortez, Pvt. 1st Class Jesse Spielman and Pvt. 1st Class Bryan Howard received sentences ranging from 27 months to 110 years, with the possibility of parole in 10 years in the most severe cases.

Ex-soldier could face death over Iraq murders, rape
(CNN) — A former U.S. soldier could face the death penalty after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family.

Steven Green of Midland, Texas, was found guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Kentucky, said court spokeswoman Vanessa Armstrong. She said the penalty phase of the trial begins Monday.

U.S. Soldier Convicted in Execution-Style Murder of Iraqi Detainees

March 30, 2009

Well its the sort of thing that unfortunately takes place in every war and this one was not exception.

Posted by Liliana Segura, AlterNet at 6:45 AM on March 30, 2009.
Sgt. Joseph Mayo was sentenced to 35 years for his role in the killing, in which four Iraqis were bound, shot, and thrown in a canal.
Sgt. Mayo pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years today, telling a military court that the murders were “in the best interest of my soldiers.” Read more
here.

A second U.S. soldier was convicted today for the execution-style killing of four Iraqi detainees in 2007.

2nd US soldier convicted of murder in deaths of 4 blindfolded Iraqis; gets 35-year sentence

GEORGE FREY | Associated Press Writer
11:55 AM CDT, March 30, 2009

VILSECK, Germany (AP) — A U.S. soldier convicted of murder in the execution-style slayings of four blindfolded Iraqis apologized for shooting one of them in the back of the head, but said he acted out of concern for his fellow troops.

“Nothing is harder than losing a soldier,” Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mayo said in closing arguments after he was found guilty of murder. “Or calling a mother or a wife and telling them that you tried, but wondering if you did enough. I apologize to the military for what I’ve done. I apologize to the soldiers; I never wanted them to have to go through this.”

For more information go to the following sites: Here and Here