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23 February, 2007

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FORT CAMPBELL: A military court has issued 100 years of imprisonment sentence to an American trooper, Sgt. Paul E. Cortez for being involved in inhuman act of gang rape and murdering of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year.

The military judge, Col. Stephen R. Henley, while hearing the case,  issued a sentence of life in prison without parole, the maximum for the charges. Under military law, the defendant is given the lesser sentence unless he violates terms of the plea agreement, which requires Cortez to testify against others charged in the case.

Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, was also dismissed from his service. He will be eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea agreement.

Cortez, of Barstow, Calif., pleaded guilty this week to four counts of felony murder, rape and conspiracy to rape in a case considered among the worst atrocities by U.S. military personnel in Iraq.

In his plea agreement, he said he conspired with three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division to rape 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi. The girl, her parents and a younger sister were all killed last March.

Reader Comments:

all four soldiers should be put to death just as they took it into there hands to "kill" the rest of this little girls life and family.

Frank, United Kingdom - 23 February, 2007


I am speechless. God - "Please bring an end to this war in Iraq."

Robin, Switzerland - 23 February, 2007

Why not Death Sentence? Both in Iraq and USA capital punshiment is legal

, Pakistan - 23 February, 2007

I wish they would have allowed these trials to take place in Iraq - perhaps then this man would spend more than 10 years in jail for his pedophilia and homicide. Far too lenient of a sentence.

Zack, United Kingdom - 23 February, 2007

Elephants teeth,

This man will stay only few years and then be out on parole and latter his sentence forgiven.
For all the atrocities US soldiers have done in other countries in different wars how many years did any soldier stay in prison?Not even few and the jail was like country club.
Yes this soldier should have stayed in Abughraib under Iraqis then probably the senc=tence would have meant anything.
Too much show off business in this sentence.

Dr.Khan, United Kingdom - 24 February, 2007

101st Battle Honours.

Will the heroic IOIst add the bloodstained knickers of a 14yr old schoolgirl to their Battle Honours? It could take Pride of Place. "In God we Trust". LOL.

Frank Murray, United Arab Emirates - 25 February, 2007

And Timothy who was setup by secret service was quickly executed to clean up the evidence... And the guys who set him up are protected.
Same here, even for The Netherlands with very low punishes, this is low.

Mark Metzelaar, Netherlands - 25 February, 2007

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