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U.S. soldier sentenced to 100 years for Iraq rape, killing
2/23/2007 9:00:00 AM GMT
"I still don't have an answer," Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24, who was
sentenced to 100 years in jail Thursday for the gang rape and murder
of the 14-year old Iraqi girl named Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and the
killing of her family last year, told the judge.
"I don't know why. I wish I hadn't. The lives of four innocent
people were taken. I want to apologize for all of the pain and
suffering I have caused the al-Janabi family."
Cortez, who was previously given a dishonorable discharge, had
earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of felony murder, rape and
conspiracy to rape in the Mahmoudiya incident that took place in
At the court, Cortez, who will, according to the U.S. Army, will be
eligible for parole in 10 years under the terms of his plea
agreement, broke down as he confessed to raping the girl.
He admitted that he conspired with his colleagues to rape the 14-
year-old, and killing her as well as her parents and younger sister.
Cortez said that former private Steven D. Green raped the girl
before he did.
He said that Green had shot Abeer's father, mother and sister before
shooting her in the head.
Spc. James Barker, 24, had pleaded guilty last November to rape and
murder charges in Abeer's case and was sentenced to 90 years in
Cortez admits raping, murdering Abeer
Yesterday, U.S. judge accepted Cortez's plea to the gang rape of the
14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her and her family in
Cortez admitted four murders, rape and conspiracy to rape. His plea
means he will avoid the death sentence.
According to the plea deal, Cortez admitted conspiring with three
other soldiers, Private First Class Jesse Spielman, Specialist
Barker and Steven Green, a now discharged soldier, to rape Abeer
Pte Spielman and another man, Bryan Howard, are awaiting court
martial on charges related to the crime.
Cortez admitted that the plan to rape the girl was hatched as he and
his colleagues played cards. He said the girl was an easy target
because there was only one male in her house.
"During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or
six gunshots that came from the bedroom
After Barker was done, Green
came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that
all of them were dead."
"Green then placed himself between Abeer's legs to rape her. When
Green was finished, he stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or
The horrible crime lasted about five minutes, and the girl knew her
parents and sister had been shot while she was being raped, the
The heinous crimes committed against innocent Iraqi civilians by
U.S. occupation forces since the 2003 invasion have tarnished the
image of the American military. But the rape-murder case could be
particularly damaging to the U.S.'s image in Iraq's conservative
Second rape case in Iraq
Four Iraqi soldiers are accused of raping a 50-year-old Sunni woman
and the attempted rape of her two daughters in the second accusation
of sexual assault leveled against Iraqi forces this week, an Iraqi
Brig. Gen. Nijm Abdullah said the incident took place about 10 days
ago in the northern city of Tal Afar. A lieutenant and three
enlisted men admitted raping the women when they were confronted by
Abdullah said a fifth soldier suspected something was wrong, burst
into the woman's house and forced the others at gunpoint to stop the
"They have been referred to the judicial authorities so they can
receive their just punishment," said Abdullah.
The rape case is the second to be reported in Iraq this week. On
Monday, a 20-year-old Sunni woman said she was raped by three Iraqi
policemen in a police station after she was arrested in western
Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki dismissed the women's complaint
and honored the accused soldiers after an investigation that only
lasted a few hours.
Maliki also accused Sunni politicians of exploiting the incident to
undermine the ongoing U.S.-Iraqi operation to curb Baghdad's
But the woman's complaint opened sectarian splits in the Iraqi
government, with Sunni politicians accusing the Shia-led government
of a cover-up.