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Father of slain Ohio soldier urges prosecution of Iraqi

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:42 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The father of a soldier whose remains were found near Baghdad in 2008 said he urged an Iraqi judge at a hearing on Tuesday to fully prosecute the terorrist accused of killing his son.

Keith Maupin, 63, of Cincinnati participated by video teleconference from the Pentagon in the case of a man in Iraqi custody whom U.S. officials say confessed to the killing of Sgt. Matt Maupin. The 20-year-old soldier was kidnapped when terrorists ambushed his fuel convoy near Baghdad in 2004.

At the time, video of the young Maupin was released showing him sitting on the floor surrounded by masked gunmen. Maupin's remains were later found in a shallow grave near Baghdad in 2008.

“I made it clear to the judge that I feel this guy needs to be held accountable under Iraqi law,” Maupin said after the hearing. “If Matt's death can benefit the Iraqi people by ensuring a strong justice system, it will be worth it even though he is gone.”

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