Convicted US soldier commits suicide

WASHINGTON: Steven Dale Green, an ex US Army man, who was convicted by the court over raping a 14-year old Iraqi girl and later executing the girl and her family in 2006, has died in an apparent suicide in prison.

Green was found guilty on 17 charges including rape, premeditated murder and obstruction of justice and convicted in 2009 over one of the most chilling crimes involving the US troops in Iraq, died in Tucson, Arizona.

The spokesman of Federal Bureau of Prisons said that the guards discovered the 28-year-old “unresponsive” in his cell, during regular rounds.

John Stahley, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a statement said staff immediately called for assistance and began life-saving measures, with Green being transported to a local medical center. However, he died.

“The incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide” and foul play is not suspected, he added.

Green was found guilty on 17 charges including rape, premeditated murder and obstruction of justice. Three other soldiers who also took part in the March 2006 atrocity were jailed for life.

Green was accused of being the leader of the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in Mahmudiyah, a small agricultural community south of Baghdad, and of killing her, her father, mother and six-year-old sister.

After his conviction, relatives and residents of the town of about 50,000 called for him to face the death penalty. Green had been held at the Tucson facility since February 2010, Stahley said.