10.7.06

Victim was just 14 when she was raped and killed by US soldiers

Victim was just 14 when she was raped and killed by US soldiers | The World | The Australian:

The young Iraqi woman who five US soldiers are accused of raping and killing on March 12 was 14 years old, not over 20, as US officials have said.

US court documents described Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, who was shot dead along with her sister and parents, as an 'adult female' and estimated her age as 25. Local officials and relatives had said she was 15 or 16, but her identity card and a copy of her death certificate show she was born on August 19, 1991 in Baghdad.

Her identity card, issued in 1993, features a photograph of her at 18 months, wide-eyed and with a lick of dark hair over her brow.

A copy of her death certificate gives the same birth date.

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