5.7.06

Iraqi PM demands rape probe, slams US immunity

Reuters AlertNet - Iraqi PM demands rape probe, slams US immunity:

Iraq's prime minister called on Wednesday for an independent inquiry into the alleged rape and murder of a teenager and killing of her family by U.S. soldiers and a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi law.

Five months before the expiry of the U.S.-led occupation force's United Nations mandate, Nuri al-Maliki said he was not calling for the early departure of the troops, who he said would remain for as long as Iraqi forces required assistance.

'Yes we will demand an independent Iraqi inquiry, or a joint investigation with Multinational Forces,' Nuri al-Maliki told reporters during a visit to Kuwait, in his first public comments since the case came to light five days ago.

'We do not accept the violation of Iraqi people's honour as happened in this case. We believe that the immunity granted to international forces has emboldened them to commit such crimes and ... there must be a review of this immunity,' he said.

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