Iraq: Women call for Stephen Green and co-rapists' trial as war criminals Print E-mail
July 12, 2006

Iraqi women say US soldier in rape case is 'war criminal'


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BAGHDAD --  A former US soldier accused of raping an Iraqi girl and then killing her and her family should be tried as a "war criminal," a group of Iraqi women said on Wednesday.

They also called on the Iraqi government and parliament to "immediately end the immunity enjoyed by occupation forces from Iraqi justice and to make this retroactive for all other abuses committed," since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Some 150 women linked to political parties and rights groups issued a list of demands over the case in which Iraq veteran Steven Green and five current servicemen were allegedly involved in the rape of a young girl on March 12 and then killing her, her sister, and parents. The alleged crimes took place at the family's home in the town of Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad.

Local people said that the girl who was raped was only 14 or 15.

"We demand that the soldier Steven Green be tried as a war criminal and we reject this talk that he suffers from psychological disorders or that he is crazy. The US military can't fool us with these excuses," said a statement issued after the women's meeting at Baghdad's Yarmuk Club.

"Not only the soldiers, who broke into the house and committed this despicable, wicked, and lowly crime, should be held responsible, but also their officers and superiors."

Green, who was honorably discharged for a "personality disorder," pleaded not guilty in civilian court in the United States last week.

The five others will face a US military court.

The Mahmudiyah case follows a series of alleged unlawful killings of Iraqi civilians by US troops."