Saturday, September 5, 2009
Life without Parole for Mahmudiyah Killer
Louisvillian Steven Green, ringleader of the infamous Mahmudiyah killings, has been sentenced by a Louisville jury to serve five consecutive life sentences for the atrocities committed while stationed in Iraq in 2006.
Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi (عبير قاسم حمزه الجنابي) was an Iraqi girl who, at the age of 14, was gang-raped and murdered together with her 6-year-old sister, mother and father, in their home, by U.S. soldiers. The soldiers then set fire to the girl's corpse and fled. When initially questioned about the incident, Green attempted to blame it on Sunni insurgents.
Judge Thomas Russell confirmed that Steven Green, who was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division (headquartered at Fort Campbell, KY), would serve five consecutive life sentences with zero chance of parole.
The damage done by Green's acts goes even further, thanks to retaliatory acts of terrorism committed in the ensuing outrage.