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Search for justice: Keith Maupin speaks to Iraqi judge

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- The father of a soldier murdered in Iraq is learning more about his son's death.
    
Keith Maupin is in Washington where he was briefed by the Pentagon Tuesday afternoon.  Army Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin was captured in 2004.  His remains were found four years later.  Maupin says he was questioned Tuesday by an Iraqi judge and he learned that because Matt was killed his family is entitled to compensation.
   
But Maupin says he's not interested in money, he wants justice for Matt.
     
Maupin learned that the Iraqi government truly believes the right man is in custody for murdering Matt.

"And I found out in the Iraqi court system that if this guy does something to somebody's family, they have to come forward and get in front of a judge and make a statement and file a complaint against him or nothing happens," said Keith Maupin.
   
Maupin learned that the man faces three charges and that he faces death for killing Matt.  The Army Staff Sergeant was captured by insurgents in 2004.  His father, Keith, says because Matt was murdered the family is entitled to compensation under Iraqi law but money will not replace his son.

"I said, you know I need to tell you this is not about compensation.  I come here for two reasons, one is accountability and the other one is justice by the Iraqi law, whatever the Iraqi law says this guy deserves and this is what he should get.  I don't want no compensation, don't need none," Keith Maupin said.
   
The suspect is in Baghdad.  He'll be tried in an Iraqi court.  Though Keith Maupin may never have a direct conversation with him, he already knows what he would ask if he has the chance.

"I think I would want to know why.  Why would you kill an unarmed man, he was no threat to you, not without a weapon.  So I think I would ask him why," Keith Maupin said.

Although the trial is in Iraq there will be an American legal representative present.  There is no official date yet for the trial to start.  The man in custody also faces charges for killing several other civilians.




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