Iraqi Soldiers Confess to Rape
Posted on Feb 22, 2007
After a Sunni mother of 11 told al-Jazeera she had been raped by Iraqi soldiers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused her of fabricating the story to stir sectarian tensions. But four men, including an officer who allegedly recorded the crime on his mobile phone, were arrested and confessed to the crime.
Update: A second Iraqi woman has accused six Iraqi police and army recruits of raping her. One of the men reportedly filmed the crime, threatening to go public with the images if she didn’t cooperate.
Four Iraqi soldiers have been charged with raping a Sunni Muslim woman in Talafar, northern Iraq, officials say.
Brig Gen Nijm Abdullah, who acts as mayor, said the men had confessed.
It is the second time this week that members of Iraq’s security forces have been accused of serious sexual assault of Sunni women.
The first case prompted a row between senior Sunni figures backing the allegations, and the Shia-led government, which has denied them.
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said the accusations in the first case were fabricated by Sunni groups trying to undermine the Shia-dominated security forces.