WASHINGTON (AP) – The father of a U.S. soldier whose remains were found near Baghdad in 2008 says he urged an Iraqi judge at a hearing to fully prosecute the insurgent accused of killing his son.
Keith Maupin of Cincinnati participated by video teleconference from the Pentagon in the case of a man in Iraqi custody. U.S. officials say he confessed to the killing of Sgt. Matt Maupin, who was kidnapped near Baghdad in 2004.
At the time, video of the young soldier was released showing him sitting on the floor surrounded by masked gunmen.
On Tuesday, the initial hearing was closed to reporters. Maupin said he spoke via translator with the judge, who asked to hear from the family. He says he came away confident that justice will be served.